Intellectual Property (IP) Rights debate Underway
Ongoing, is a drive on Intellectual Property (IP), a new and prevailing issue that Africa is lately embracing. Steered by the Rwanda Arts Initiative, this drive funded by UNESCO is in line with the respect and enforcement of the Copyright law in Rwanda.
Among the developments this program is to unveil will be the launch of the project developing a common strategy for intellectual property (IP) rights in Rwanda’s cultural and creative and cultural industries in Rwanda by collaborating with all the IP rights stakeholders to achieve the following;
Creating an online directory on IP rights; strengthening the capacity of all stakeholders on IP law and its implementation, raising awareness on the importance of IP rights in the cultural industries in Rwanda.
With several preliminary meetings held, yet still ongoing between the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda Society of Authors’ Union(RSAU), Public Sector Federation(PSF) and Rwanda Arts Initiative(RAI), these are aimed at sharing what is currently being done on IP rights, examining obstacles being faced in implementing them, and see how all stakeholders can collaborate in devising better implementation strategies for IP rights promotion in Rwanda.
August 26, 2019