Thursday, 25 September 2014

OAPI-SAIC: China strengthens ties with one of Africa's most prominent IP registries

This is the third of three reports by Aminou Ndala TITA based in Cameroon on developments at OAPI this month:

"Liu Yuting, Vice Minister of the State for Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China visited was in OAPI for a working visit from the 9th to 11th September 2014.

This visit which comes as a result of the cordial relationship that exists between the Chinese Ministry of Trade and Commerce and OAPI will end with the validation of the plan of action between both structures for the period 2014/2015.

The action plan includes a range of issues amongst others exchange of information, technical support, advocacy and training on various topics such as trademark examination, counterfeiting and several other themes. The publication of information on the respective websites of each organization is also on the plan.

Another high point on the visit was the meeting between the Chinese Minister and his Cameroon counterpart. The opportunity was given to Liu Yuting and the large delegation of five employees who accompanied him, to exchange views on China-Cameroon relations in the fields of industry and commerce.  Aspects such penetration strategy of the international market, China's expertise in standard and quality, support for industrialization and processing of local raw materials locally, are key areas where cooperation with China must be strengthened. Cameroon home country for all members of the OAPI has benefited from the forty-eight hour visit of the Chinese authority.

OAPI has every intention of boosting its volume of application by adhering to international treaties and conventions."

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