Botswana: Government Appreciates Creativity

| July 28, 2016

Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) registrar general, Mr Conductor Masena, says government recognises the role that creativity plays in the social and economic lives of Batswana.

Speaking at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) TAG of excellence regional consultations meeting, Mr Masena said consequently government transformed the office of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property into a parastatal called CIPA in 2011.

CIPA began operations in 2014 and placed the administration of copyright at par with industrial property and company registration matters.

Furthermore, Mr Masena said government was also instrumental in the establishment of the Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS) in 2010, which is now a self-sustaining collective management society.

He also noted that recently government through CIPA commissioned a national study on the contribution of the copyright based industries to the economy.

"We are confident that this study will help to strategically guide and shape our approach in copyright administration and copyright exploitation. This meeting comes at a time when we are laying foundations, developing strategies and making policy decisions to help CIPA and COSBOTS serve Botswana and Batswana better," he said.

Meanwhile, WIPO delegates had converged in Botswana to discuss collective management of copyright as well as have an input on the TAG of excellence initiative which intends to assist in ensuring good governance in collective rights management.

Mr Masena therefore said it was only when countries practiced best approaches to collective management of rights that they would begin to see collective management organisations contributing significantly to creativity.

Source: Botswana Daily News.

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