Sunday, 8 February 2015

OAPI -- or OAPI? A bit of confusion

From a news item on AllAfrica and also from the SMAS-IP Newsletter this blogger understands that Tunisia will be hosting two African institutions: the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) and the African Statistical Institute.  This is apparently in accordance with the decision taken by the African Union of 9 January 2015.

Can someone explain to this blogger precisely what is going on? This blogger knows of only one OAPI: it's based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. There is nothing on its website to suggest that the organisation is to be relocated. Further, this blogger recalls that Tunisia is not a member of OAPI. Some sort of clarification would be greatly welcomed.


Caroline Ncube said...

Hi Jeremy, Tunisia will be hosting the Pan-African IP Organisation -PAIPO - not OAPI.

Jeremy said...

Thanks, Caroline. Have you any idea as to how this has been so grotesquely misreported? We should make sure that the African IP community is in no doubt as to what it is that Tunisia is hosting!

Caroline Ncube said...

I think that the 'Pan' just got left out - inadvertently- by the source of the report. I'm not sure what we can do to correct the reporting error beyond doing an Afro-IP post on Tunisia as the home of PAIPO.
It would help if OAPI sent out a press release distinguishing itself from PAIPO too.

Aminou Ndala TITA said...

OAPI published a communiqué on its website declining any connection to the said OAPI in Tunisia. Its definitely PAIPO.