August 9, 2016 — According to reports, Algeria will soon become the first county on the African continent to host a field office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August, 7, 2016, it was stated that the request was a “priority in the agenda of the African group in Geneva.”
“Algeria has played a key role in the group to make WIPO General Assembly adopt in 2015 a decision on the opening of two external offices in Africa…Given the important role of WIPO external offices, African countries have called, for many years, for the opening of external offices in Africa, the only continent that is not represented in WIPO external network,”
On August 4, six African countries, namely Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya and Nigeria filed their applications in Geneva before the deadlines set by the United Nations. Following the vote, Algeria received 29 votes and was chosen to host WIPO external office for North Africa while Nigeria was chosen to host WIPO external office for sub-Saharan Africa.
“The offices of Algiers and Abuja will preserve and promote Africa’ interests in WIPO areas of actions,” added the Ministry’s statement.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Algeria