World Intellectual Property Organization

Regional Bureau for Africa

The Regional Bureau for Africa is responsible for the coordination and development of technical assistance to countries in the African region. It guides the IP strategy formulation of countries in their respective regions in coordination with the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Division and the Special Projects Division (SPD) as well as with inputs from relevant sectors.

Contact us


  • Director of the Regional Bureau: Marc Sery-Kore (photo on Flickr)
  • Program 9: Africa, Arab, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean Countries, Least Developed Countries (2014/15 Program and Budget PDF, Program and Budget)
  • Reporting to: DDG Mario Matus 
  • Sector: Development

What we are trying to achieve

Our work aims to contribute to the following expected results in 2014/15:

  • Tailored and balanced IP legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks;
  • National innovation and IP strategies and plans consistent with national development objectives;
  • Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition;
  • Mainstreaming of the Development Agenda recommendations in the work of WIPO;
  • Strengthened cooperation mechanisms and programs tailored to the needs of developing countries and LDCs;
  • Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity;
  • Enhanced technical and knowledge infrastructure for IP Offices and other IP institutions leading to better services (cheaper, faster, higher quality) to their stakeholders.

These in turn contribute to WIPO's Strategic Goal III: "facilitating the use of IP for development".

What we do

    Our activities include:

  • Technical assistance and capacity building;
  • Assisting countries in the design, formulation and implementation of country-specific national IP strategies designed in the context of national development plans;
  • National IP strategies to cater to the needs and gaps in the areas of policy and legislative frameworks, institutional and technical infrastructure and human resource capacity building while at the same time leveraging the potential of IP in priority areas as defined in national development plans;
  • Capacity-building programs designed to suit the requirements of specific target groups, including SMEs;
  • Translating the notion of IP for development into concrete, tangible results and benefits, through innovative, cross–cutting IP based projects;


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