The operationalization of the Pan-African IP Organisation (PAIPO) is progressing slowly but surely within the unfolding of the AU's Agenda 2063. For details of this progress, see the Paipo Watch where I have been tracking PAIPO for the last few years. Much like bird watching in real life, this is a task that requires patience as (sometimes swift and not easily spotted) movement occurs once in while. Since I last blogged about PAIPO on Afro-IP in February 2015 (IP Policies in Africa no. 51 Tunisia) several developments have occurred. The AU's Agenda 2063 has gained much impetus through the publication of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan 2014-2023 - (September 2015).The First Ten-Year Implementation Plan provides additional details to the broad plans for implementing PAIPO which were first stated in 2014 in the AU's Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (see pp 36 and 39).
- the PAIPO Draft statute would be reviewed by the Specialized Technical Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs and thereafter be approved by the Summit in 2016;
- consultations with Tunisia (Host Country) would be undertaken in 2017;
- the adoption of the Implementation Action Plan by the Assembly ought to be achieved in 2017;
- PAIPO would then commence its activities in 2018; and
- should be fully functional by 2023.