Training-the-Trainers Workshop on IP Enforcement

February 18, 2019

On July 2 and 3, a Training-the-Trainers Workshop on IP Enforcement for Police from African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) member states was held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Group photo
Participants in the workshop (Photo: ARIPO).

The Workshop brought together 15 police training officers from 11 ARIPO member states (Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe). The aim was to enhance the skills and knowledge of police trainers in ARIPO member states and to introduce a customized version for ARIPO of the WIPO training materials, “Investigating and Prosecuting IP Crime”.


The workshop was opened by Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, ARIPO, and remarks were made by Mr. Toshiyuki lwado, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Zimbabwe, and Ms. Louise Van Greunen, Director, Building Respect for IP Division, WIPO.

The opening ceremony was followed by presentations by invited speakers:

  • Keiko Tomiyama, Assistant Director, International Cooperation Division, Japan Patent Office (JPO),
  • Tanya Y. Hill, Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator (IPLEC), Department of Justice, U.S. Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria,
  • Major General A. Khana, Head, Commercial Crime, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, South African Police Service, and
  • Mubita Nawa, Head, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Regional Bureau for Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.

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