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JPO Participated in the Council of Ministers of the ARIPO

December 5, 2019

Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) participated in the Seventeenth Session of the Council of Ministers of the ARIPO(*1) held in Monrovia, Liberia from November 21 to 22, 2019. The Council of Ministers, which is held biannually, is the highest decision-making body of the ARIPO.

Mr. SHIMANO stated in his opening remarks that Africa is the largest frontier of the 21st century attracting much attention around the world and that the JPO intends to continue necessary cooperation for self-sustained and sustainable growth of Africa.

Furthermore, the JPO conducted bilateral meetings with the Ministers and the Director Generals of IP Offices in the participating countries of the Council of Ministers, as well as with the Director General of the ARIPO, and confirmed its commitment to advance cooperation in the IP field.

Going forward, the JPO will continue to develop and improve an environment in which IP rights of Japanese companies are promptly/smoothly secured and appropriately protected in the African Region, by advancing cooperation with the IP Offices in African countries.

  • (*1) ARIPO: African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, a regional IP Office in Africa consisting of 19 Member States that are mainly English-speaking countries.

(photo)Group photo
Council of Ministers of the ARIPO
(Front row, sitting down from left to right: Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, ARIPO; Honorable Wilson K Tarpeh, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Liberia; Honorable Adelyn Cooper, Director General, Liberia Intellectual Property Office; Honorable Bright Msaka, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Malawi; Honorable Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liberia; Honorable Gloria Afua Akuffo, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ghana; Honorable Major General Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Uganda; Mr. Mohamed Lamin Tarawalley, Secretary General, Sierra Leone; Mrs. Virginia Mabiza, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Zimbabwe; and Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO)

(photo)Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO and Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, ARIPO
Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO and Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, ARIPO

(photo)Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO, Honorable Major General Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Uganda, and Mr. Bemanya Twebaze, Registrar General, Uganda Registration Services Bureau
From left: Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO, Honorable Major General Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Uganda, and Mr. Bemanya Twebaze, Registrar General, Uganda Registration Services Bureau

(photo)Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO
Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO giving opening remarks

[Last updated 12 December 2019]