Creative Africa Nexus Presents a Digital Event

April 15, 2021 / 06:50 PM / Creative Africa Nexus / 
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The Creative Africa
Nexus (CANEX), a programme put in place by the African Export-Import Bank
(Afreximbank) to support Africa’s creative and cultural industries, announces a
series of virtual forums in the lead-up to the Intra-African Trade Fair 2021
(IATF2021) taking place in Kigali, Rwanda from 8 to 14 December 2021 with the
next event being focused on intellectual property.


Most African states
have in place intellectual property laws that are important tools to safeguard
creativity and innovation so as to fuel growth of copyright-based industries
under the African Continental Free
Trade Agreement.  A number of issues remain critical if IP rights are to
evolve into an asset class that can be monetised on the continent, including
the administration and enforcement of IP laws, and the harmonisation of their
application at regional and continental level.


element of critical importance for independent creatives and SMEs (Small to
Medium Enterprises) is access to intellectual property information, legal
support, and enforcement. Smaller creative companies and individual creatives
are often unaware of their rights and the resources that are available to
assist them in protecting those rights.


These issues shall be explored during a
special CANEX virtual event to celebrate World IP Day 2021, Monday April 26, which
is themed: “IP & SMEs – Taking your Ideas to Market.” This
high-level discussion will be of interest to all working creatives looking to
understand and protect their IP rights; anyone in the legal, policy, and
implementation sectors of intellectual property practice; as well as financial
institutions looking to finance the CCI sector.


To take
part in this free digital event on Monday 26 April at 15:00 CAT simply create
your free IATF Virtual account that will enable access to all of the
functionality of this virtual platform, including your ability to then sign up
for the digital event: Kindly register


A team
of IP experts
from across a range of
sectors will engage on these important topics as well as answer questions from
attendees. The CANEX digital event will include:



  • Ms. Rita Anwiri Chindah (Nigeria) – Intellectual
    Property Lawyer and Communicator
  • Nothando Migogo -Director & Co-Founder, Sosela
  • Angela Ndambuki – Regional Director Sub-Saharan
    Africa, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
  • Dr Outule Rapuleng – Head of
    ARIPO Academy, African Regional Intellectual  Property Organisation
  • Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo – Director of the Department
    of  Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI), African Union
  • Paulo Lanteri Legal Officer, Copyright Law
    Division, Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, World International
    Property Organisation (WIPO)


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