URSB’s Bemanya Twebaze Elected to Head Africa Intellectual Property Organisation

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Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB’s) Registrar General Bemaya Twebaze has been elected the African Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).

ARIPO is an intergovernmental organization (IGO) established by the Lusaka Agreement of 1976 – to facilitate development and protection of Intellectual Property rights in member states.  

He was elected by the Administrative Council of ARIPO during its 44th session in Harare, Zimbabwe on November 17, 2020, making him the 5th Director General for the ARIPO.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working closely with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Uganda Missions in different African Member Countries, was instrumental in securing victory for the Ugandan candidate.

“The historical election of a Ugandan to serve as Director General of the African Intellectual Property body comes in the wake of Uganda’s adoption of a National Intellectual Property Policy to support the existing legal regime and to further generate, protect, commercialize, utilize and enforce Intellectual Property in Uganda,” the ministry of foreign affairs says in a statement.

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Twebaze, becomes the second Ugandan to head ARIPO after the late Justice Jeremiah Herbert Ntabgoba who was the organization first Director-General, from June 1, 1981 to August 31, 1987.

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