Over the last 20 years, Geographical Indications (GIs) have emerged as a global phenomenon, generating growing interest among producers, consumers, scholars and policymakers. The experience of GIs in Africa shows that they deserve solid national and international protection and are a valuable development tool.
A comprehensive manual on GIs in Africa has been developed by several experts under the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation project in Africa (AfrIPI). The main authors of this publication are Massimo Vittori, Managing Director of oriGIn, Luis Fernando Samper, International GI Expert, and Monique Bagal, International GI Expert within the AfrIPI project. It is now available online in English and French.
The first GI manual dedicated to the African continent is timely. It provides the reader with:
- the current progress made on GIs in Africa regarding factors considered crucial internationally for a GI to be successful;
- key issues to address to improve the performance of GIs in the continent.
The manual on GIs in Africa is a good starting point to help implement the Continental Strategy for Geographical Indications in Africa (2018-2023) and an equally important tool to grasp the lessons learnt in the continent and elsewhere. In addition, it helps find clearer answers to ensure African states fully benefit from the GI system.
OriGIn and the Africa Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Project (AfrIPI) will hold an online event entitled ‘Geographical Indications in Africa: Launch of AfrIPI’s manual’ on 3 May to present the highlights of the GI manual. The workshop is open for registration until 2 May. Mr Bemanya Twebaze, Director General for the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), and Mr Denis Lokou Bohoussou, Director General for the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), will attend the event and make the opening remarks.