MIPLG Personal Development Series (9th Seminar)

This is the ninth seminar in the MIPLG virtual seminar series for the personal development of its members, anchored by Omolade Zainab Adeyemi on 30 August 2020. The seminar started at about 8:10 PM (GMT +1) with a brief introduction by the Anchor.

The Anchor introduced the topic, “The Economic Relevance of Geographical indications in Africa: Introduction, Strengths, and weakness”. She started with the general introduction and terminologies in relation to Geographical indications such as indication of sources, appellation of origin, collective trademark, certification trademark and so on.

She stated that geographical indications constitute a link between a product and a place.She cited the international recognition of geographical indications in Conventions such as Article 1 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property 1883, Madrid Agreements for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications Source on Good 1891, Articles 22, 23, and 24 of the Agreement on Trade- Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) 1994 and other similar international treaties and agreements.

Furthermore, she explained that the relevance of geographical indications in the socio-economical developments of states (which was the core of the session) are preservation of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural experience, reduction of search cost and consumer welfare growths and increase of income in rural areas to state a number of them.

Additionally, the strengths of geographical indications were discussed as product typicality, geographical indication governance, market linkage and institutional framework. The weakness discussed as lack of skills and manpower, financing, institutional challenges, and generic challenges.

Conclusively, the way forward for a better Geographical indication system was given as public-private partnership, creation of strong, understandable and enforceable institutional framework, and development and maintenance of collective action and quality building to mention a few.

The session came to an end at about 9PM (WAT) with a brief vote of thanks by Victoria Onyeagbako.

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