In November last year, the European Commission signed a cooperation agreement with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) to help improve the protection of traditional agricultural products (geographical indications or "GIs”) in the 18 ARIBO member countries- Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In a conversation with CTA Brussels, Francis Fay, Deputy Head of Unit “ACP, South Africa, FAO, and G8/G20”, at the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission presented the objective of this agreement and the situation of GIs in Africa.

Subjects:
- The scope and purpose of an geographical indications (GIs) protection system (in Africa)
- The different ways the protection of GIs is regulated in Africa
- The details of the EC- ARIPO
- The role of the EU and the EC in the protection of GIs in Africa

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