ARIPO urges Seychelles to develop a national policy on intellectual property

As a member of ARIPO, Seychelles will be able to tap into the resources available not only regionally but also with other countries around the world. (Tropeko)

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The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) urges Seychelles to develop a National policy for intellectual property and help people recognize its importance.

Bemanya Twebaze, the director general of ARIPO, who is leading a delegation on a working mission to Seychelles, made the call during a meeting with several senior government officials at the finance ministry on Friday.

“People should recognize the importance of intellectual property because the sector gives them the freedom to turn their ideas, works and creativity into assets, thereby creating wealth, employment opportunities and many other socio-economic developments. economic,” he said.

Twebaze said the policy must include the participation of all partners and that the document will clearly outline and define their roles and because “their contributions to the development of the IP sector are equally important”.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, became a member of ARIPO on October 1, 2021. The intergovernmental organization facilitates cooperation between member states in matters of intellectual property. Its objectives are the pooling of financial and human resources, and the search for technological progress for economic, social, technological, scientific and industrial development.

The mission of the ARIPO delegation to Seychelles is to assess the intellectual property sector. They hope this will give them a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges they face and where ARIPO can provide technical support, through training and awareness raising.

During his visit, Twebaze met with the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance, National Planning and Commerce, Patrick Payet, the Principal Secretary for Commerce, Ronald Cafrine, and the Registrar General, Wendy Pierre.

The ARIPO delegation met several senior officials from the Ministry of Finance on Friday. (Ministry of Finance, National Planning and Trade) Photo License: CC-BY

ARIPO representatives worked closely with the Registrar General’s office and also held training sessions there.

Pierre said that as a member of ARIPO, Seychelles will be able to tap into the resources available not only regionally but also with other countries around the world.

She explained that in the past, Seychelles has seen its resources used by others – while the country has not reaped the benefits.

“Coco de mer is a great example of people coming into the country and taking the resource. They marketed it overseas and made money from it, but we didn’t get paid for it,” she added.

On his part, Payet said that with the advancement of technology and e-commerce, more opportunities are being created and that is why the government has identified the digital economy as one of its priority areas to diversify. the economy.

“Discussions are also underway for business and entrepreneurship programs to be introduced into education curricula from an early age, at primary and secondary levels,” Payet said.

He called on the private sector to seize the opportunities offered in the intellectual property sector because there is enormous financial and economic potential in the commercialization of ideas, works and creativity.

With Seychelles’ recent accession to ARIPO and the various protocols the island nation has signed in the past, it is expected that the misuse of its products and intellectual property will be reduced.

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