In anticipation of the passing of its Industrial Property Bill into Law in November this year, the Government of Mauritius, through its Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva, has initiated discussions with the Regional Bureau for Africa to facilitate a series of WIPO technical assistance activities. These activities are aimed at aligning the legal and institutional IP framework in the country with the provisions of the Industrial Property Bill in order to facilitate its implementation.
In line with this objective, Mauritius has requested that a review be conducted on the Intellectual Property Development Plan (IPDP) which was prepared with the assistance of WIPO and adopted in 2009. The review is aimed at identifying new challenges and opportunities in the IP landscape of the country and making appropriate recommendations to address them.
In addressing this request, it is proposed that ICS contracts be prepared for one international expert and one national expert who will assist the international expert in the review exercise by bringing his knowledge and experience of the Mauritius legal and institutional framework to bear. It is also proposed that the expert undertake a 10-day field mission for consultations and focus group meetings; two days out of which a multi-stakeholder national workshop will be organized to present the draft IP development plan for consideration by stakeholders.
The representative of WIPO from the Regional Bureau for Africa will engage in consultations with the authorities to finalize preparations and arrangements a day ahead of the two-day workshop.