October 25, 2015 — From November 3 through 5, a three day Conference titled ‘IP for an Emerging Africa’ will take place at King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. Jointly organised by the Japan Patent Office, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), African Union and the Government of the Republic of Senegal, the Conference will highlight the relevance of intellectual property (IP) as an engine for promoting creativity, innovation, scientific and technological transformation of African economies.
Africa has a great tradition of innovation and creativity… and innovation is a central driver of economic growth, development and better jobs. It is the key for firms to compete successfully in the global marketplace… Intellectual property is an indispensable mechanism for translating knowledge into commercial assets – IP rights create a secure environment for investment in innovation and provide a legal framework for trading in intellectual assets.
Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General
WIPO Partners, Special Guests and Panelists include:
- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission;
- Mr. Kunihiko Shimano, Director-General, Trial and Appeal Department of the Japan Patent Office;
- H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal;
- H.E. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius;
- Julius O. Akinyemi, Initiator of Unleashing the Wealth of Nations and Resident Entrepreneur at MIT Media Lab;
- Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO;
- Martial De Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology at the African Union;
- Kingsley Moghalu, Professor at The Fletcher School, Tufts University and Partner at Cooke Robotham;
- Catherine A. Odora-Hoppers, Professor at the University of South Africa; and
- Oluwatoyin Sanni, Group Chief Executive Officer at United Capital PLC (formerly UBA Capital)..