Thursday 14 February 2013

Darren Olivier

DTI's Africa IP Forum - the draft agenda

Just received from the conference organisers.

For background on Forum see yesterday's post here. Comments welcome.

Africa IP Forum

Intellectual Property and Economic Growth and Development in Africa
Pretoria, South Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre (SICC)
February 25- 27, 2013

Day 1 – 25 February 2013

4pm – 6pm : Registration

6pm : Welcoming Cocktail

DAY 2 – 26 February 2013

8h00 – 9h00                Registration

9h00-9h45                  Opening Ceremony
                                    Gallagher Convention Centre

Introduction of Minister : DG :Lionel October

                                    Welcome : Honorable Minister Dr Rob Davies

                                    Formal opening : DDG WIPO : Geoffrey Onyeama

Session Moderator: to be decided

9h45-11h00     Plenary 1

Promoting a Development Oriented IP system                  
Description: Developing an IP system appropriate to the level of development, to meet national development objectives

Ø  Suggested speakers(30 min paper presentation)
·         Professor Carlos Correa, Special Advisor, South Centre - presenter
·       Johanna Von Braun, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa – panel member
·         Dr. Padmashree Gehl, UNCTAD, Economic Affairs Officer, Division for Africa and the LDCs – panel member
·         Geoffrey Onyeama – DDG, Development Sector, WIPO – panel member

11h00-11h30      Coffee/Tea Break
11h30-13h00      Break out sessions
Track 1: Achieving Development Objectives, Building technological capacity in Africa
Description: Developing IP system that meets development objectives, challenges and issues pertaining to technology transfer,

Moderator: to be decided
Suggested speakers(20 minutes each)
Sisule Musungu, President of IQsensato and Managing Director of IQsensato Consulting, Kenya - presenter
Sangeeta Shashikant, Legal Advisor, Third World Network  - presenter
Pedro Roffe, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva – panel member
Prof Jonathan Youngleson , Head, NIPMO – panel member

Track 2: WIPO Development Agenda: What it means for Africa 
Description: Origins of the Development Agenda, Implementation of Development Agenda, Impact on Africa

Moderator : to be decided
Mohamad Gad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt – panel member
Boumediene Mahi, Permanent Mission of Algeria, Coordinator of Development Agenda Group, Geneva - Presenter
Mr Herman Ntchatcho, Senior Director, Development Sector, Regional Bureau for Africa, WIPO - Presenter
Dr. Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck, Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford – panel member
Track 3: Developmental challenges of Least Developed Countries

Description: This session will examine IP issues that specifically affect least developed countries.

 Moderator: to be decided
Makiese Augusto, Permanent Mission of Angola, (Coordinator Least Developed Countries in WTO in Geneva) - presenter
Ermias Biadgleng, Legal Officer, UNCTAD – panel member
Moses Mulumba, Executive Director of Center for Health & Human Rights (CEHURD), Uganda - presenter
Suerie Moon: Associate Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, the Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Instructor and Special Advisor to the Dean, Harvard School of Public Health – panel member

13h00-14h00   Plenary Lunch
14h00-15h15     Plenary 2
Access to affordable medicines, Incentivizing Local Production of Generic Medicines in Africa        
Description: This plenary will explore issues pertaining to access to affordable medicines and local production of generic medicines, such as use of patent flexibilities to promote access to medicines, and incentivize local production.
Moderator :to be decided
Suggested speakers(30 minutes)
Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health – panel member
Tenu Avafia, Policy Specialist, Trade and TRIPS, UNDP New York - presenter
Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre  - panel member

15h15-15h45   Coffee/tea break
15h45-17h00   Break out sessions
Track 1: Benefits of Substantive examination of Patents versus the depository system

Moderator: To be decided
Suggested speakers(30 miniutes)
Rep of Kenya - Presenter
Rep of Brazil – panel member
Rep of India – panel member
Rep of OAPI – panel member
Rep of ARIPO – panel member
Rep of WIPO  - Presenter

Track 2:  Promoting local production of generic medicines in Africa
Moderator: to be decided
Suggested Speakers
Prof. Sudip Chaudhuri, Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. - presenter
Baguma George, Director / Chief Commercial Officer Quality Chemical Industries Ltd, Kampala, Uganda. – panel member
Frank Schmiedchen, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany.  – panel member
Christopher Spenneman, Legal Expert, 
Intellectual Property Unit
, Division on Investment and Enterprise (DIAE), UNCTAD. – panel member
Track 3:  Facilitating research and development in diseases that predominantly affect Africa
Moderator : to be decided
Suggested Speakers
Bernard Pecoul, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDI),  - panel member
Dr. John H. Amuasi, Acting Head of Research and Development Unit, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana – presenter
Peter Folb from the South African Medical Research Council (and ex-South African regulatory authority) – panel member
Zakir Thomas, Project Director, Open Source Drug Discovery Initiative, India – panel member

7pm – Gala Dinner

Keynote address : Honorable Minister Aaron Motsoaledi/

Chairperson: Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Mrs Fubbs


9h00-10h.30  Plenary 3: Bridging the knowledge gap in Africa: Role of Copyright Exceptions and Limitations

Description: The role of copyright exceptions and limitations to foster access, competition, creativity and innovation
Moderator: to be decided
Suggested Speakers(30 minutes)
Dr. Marisella Ouma, Executive Director, Kenya Copyright Board, Kenya – panel member
Dick Kawooya, Lead Researcher for the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2k) project from 2007 to 2010, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) - presenter
Prof. Nagla Rizk, Director, Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt – panel member

10h30-11h00   Coffee/Tea Break
11h00-12h30       Break out sessions
Track 1: Exceptions and limitations for libraries, education and research
Moderator: to be decided
Suggested Speakers(20 minutes)
Denise Nicholson, Copyright Services Librarian, University of
the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa - presenter
Teresa Hackett, EIFL-IP Programme Manager, UK – panel member
Hala Essalmawi, Principal Attorney and Intellectual Property Rights Officer, Library of Alexandria, Egypt - presenter
Steven Mutula, Associative Professor and Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana – panel member

Track 2:  Exceptions and limitations for people with disabilities in the digital age
Moderator : to be decided
Suggested Speakers(20 miniutes)
Jace Nair, National Executive Director of the South Africa National Council of the Blind (SANCB)  - presenter
Martin Kieti, Kenya Union of the Blind.  – panel member
Jamie Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International  - panel member
Ruth Okediji, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, US
WIPO rep to be confirmed - presenter
12h30-13h30 Lunch Break

13h30-15h00              Break out sessions
Track 1: Biopiracy: Theft of African knowledge and culture
Suggested Speakers(20 minutes)
Edward Hammond, Expert on Biopiracy - presenter
Maigari Buba, Africa Group coordinator, WTO TRIPS Council  - presenter
Rachel Wynberg, Biowatch, South Africa – panel member
Francois Meienberg, Berne Declaration, Switzerland  - panel member

Track 2: Public interest and Development issues in IP enforcement

Suggested Speakers
Moses Mulumba, Center for Health, Human Rights & Development, Uganda - presenter
Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Expression and Opinion  - panel member
Elizabeth Tamale, Assistant Commissioner at Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Uganda – panel member
Mboi Misati, Kenya Intellectual Property Institute – presenter
Nirmalya Syam, Programme Officer, South Centre – panel member

Track 3: Achieving Food Security, challenges and issues in Africa
Moderator: to be decided
Suggested Speakers
Mamadou GOÏTA, IRPAD/Afrique, Mali – panel member
Peter Munyi, Chief Legal Officer, African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE), Kenya – panel member
Andrew Mushita, Community Technology Development Trust, Zimbabwe - presenter
Bell Batta Torheim, Norwegian Development Fund,  - panel member
Lim Li Ching, Advisor, Genok. – presenter

15h00-15h30               Coffee/Tea Break

15h30-17h00 Plenary 4 and closing: Challenges & Issues in protecting Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources & Traditional Cultural Expression of Africa
Moderator: to be decided
Suggested Speakers(20 minutes)
Suggested speakers
Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food – panel member
Professor Carlos Correa, Special Advisor, South Centre – panel member
Chee Yoke Ling, Director, Third World Network - presenter
Wend Wendland, WIPO, Head: Traditional knowledge - presenter

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14 February 2013 at 12:54 delete

For a conference on IP, it is rather strange that apparently there is no one to speak for people who actually own IP, at least in the private sector.

14 February 2013 at 13:03 delete

Counterfeiting is a massive problem in Africa, affecting the lives of 100s of millions. Not a single track dedicated to combating it.

14 February 2013 at 13:08 delete

No Valentine's surprise for law firms - their voice is non existent amongst the speakers. It is not balanced enough to be promoted as a truly African IP Forum.