Zimbabwe: IP policy document published

Zimbabwe has become the latest African country to publish an IP policy document. The Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Policy and Implementation Strategy was published on 28 June 2018.

The document acknowledges that the country’s economy is in a poor state after many years of misrule, expressing the hope that IP ‘can be exploited in order to turn around the economic fortunes of the country’. It acknowledges that the country is in ‘dire need of a National Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy’, something that will hopefully ‘transform Zimbabwe from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy that can leverage the intellectual property regime for development.’ The thinking behind the policy is to ‘provide direction on how best intellectual property could be channelled and utilized to foster economic growth and sustainable development.

More specifically, the document says that the IP policy should transform Zimbabwe into a country with ‘high levels of IP awareness, IP consciousness and IP literacy’, as well as a country that has a ‘culture of creativity, innovation and inventiveness.’ A vital part of this is to have ‘reliable IP laws and enforcement measures.’ Another challenge is to find ways of financing IP generation and commercialisation.

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Date published: August 2018
Author: Margaret Le Galle

Tags: Zimbabwe IP policy enforcement