Regional Dialogue on the European Economic Partnership Agreement, Intellectual Property, Innovation and Sustainable Development for the CEMAC Countries

Organized by ICTSD and ACDIC
28-29 April 2008, Yaoundé, Cameroon

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The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), in collaboration with its partner Association Citoyenne de Défense des Intérêts Collectifs (ACDIC), will be organising a Regional Dialogue on ‘the European Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), Intellectual Property, Innovation and Sustainable Development’. The Dialogue will be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 28-29 April 2008.

The key objective of the Dialogue is to examine the main proposals on intellectual property (IP) issues made to CEMAC countries and other African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in current EPA negotiations, as well as to contribute to develop a positive agenda for CEMAC countries in those negotiations. In order to achieve this, the dialogue will address the following themes: recent trends in IPRs in a multilateral and regional context; traditional knowledge; geographical indications; copyright in the digital environment; innovation and technology transfer and enforcement matters. The Dialogue will focus on setting a positive IP agenda specifically tailored to the needs of CEMAC, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and São Tomé and Príncipe.

More specifically, the Regional Dialogue aims to:

Provide a platform for strategic discussion between relevant stakeholders (including capital-based policy makers, regional and local based negotiators, experts, civil society and relevant institutions and organisations) in the region, in order to share experiences and increase awareness on trends at the multilateral level, and in recent EPA negotiations, regarding IP and its implications for sustainable development;

- Provide substantive inputs in order to facilitate understanding of the impact of potential IP obligations in a future EPA between the EU and CEMAC Countries;

- Analyse the draft proposals presented by the EU to the ACP countries, e.g. COMESA and SADC and the recently signed agreement with CARIFORUM. This will assist CEMAC countries in preparing their proposals for negotiations;

- Work with CEMAC negotiators in identifying offensive and defensive IP issues and in preserving public interest flexibilities in the negotiation process;

- Develop a positive agenda tailored to CEMAC needs in four specific issue-areas including: 1) traditional knowledge; 2) geographical indications; 3) copyright in the digital environment 4) innovation and technology transfer; and 5) enforcement matters.The dialogue will bring together key stakeholders of the region involved in the EPA negotiations and will be conducted as an open and informal process.

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