The Federal Government has urged the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to take advantage of Nigeria’s large market to effectively deliver and response to the specific needs and priorities of Africa.
Ambassador Audu Kadiri, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva said this in Geneva.
A statement from the Permanent Mission of Nigeria Geneva, Switzerland made available to the Newsmen in Abuja on Monday, quotes the envoy as saying this at the signing of the Host Country Agreement (HCA) establishing a WIPO External Office in Nigeria.
Kadiri signed on behalf of Nigeria, while Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO signed on behalf of Organisation.
The envoy assured WIPO of the Federal government’s willingness to provide a secure, suitable and conducive office building and to fulfill other relevant obligations.
This, the Ambassador added would serve as a mutually beneficial and strategic investment interest to WIPO member states, other stakeholders and our partners in the Intellectual Property system.
Kadiri, expressed the appreciation of the Government of Nigeria to the Director General, and assured him that Nigeria is well positioned to deliver on the organisation’s mandate in facilitating the use of Intellectual Property (IP) for Development.
And in the implementation of the relevant development agenda recommendations.
The envoy also informed that the Nigerian Government’s new policy direction of diversification of the economy to the nonoil sector, particularly Telecommunication, Science and Technology, the entertainment sector, among others, will support innovation and creativity that is relevant to the activities of the WIPO.
Earlier, Gurry solicited the continued support of the Government for the success of the Nigeria External office while acknowledging that Nigeria is a leading player in the entertainment industry not only in Africa but globally.
Gurry expressed delight that all the necessary procedures regarding the take-off of the WIPO External Office in Nigeria has been consummated with the signing of the Agreement. He further commended the dedicated efforts of Nigeria and pledged to ensure that an appropriate Director is appointed in the first quarter of 2018.
In 2017, WIPO approved the establishment of the Nigerian and Algerian External Offices in Africa.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation has similar External Offices in Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and Singapore.
As a signatory to all the WIPO administered Copyright Treaties and member of other related WIPO conventions and bodies, Nigeria’s External Office is expected to boost various Intellectual Property activities not only in Nigeria but also that of the African region.