Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi has launched the first Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Policy and Implementation Strategy (ZNIPPIS) for 2018-2022.
The event was held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare today.
The launch was running under the theme “A Knowledge based economy for the purpose of achieving a dynamic economy and vigorous society through the strategic creation, promotion and exploitation of intellectual property.”
In his speech, Minister Ziyambi said:
“With the advent of an increasingly knowledge-based society, Intellectual Property (IP) protection ensures that right holders have sufficient incentive to bring their works to the market, which benefits them as well as other stakeholders in the society.”
“The country lacked a comprehensive IP Policy that would promote a holistic, balanced and coordinated approach to IP.”
“The lack of an IP Policy in Zimbabwe had hindered protection and innovation over the year hence a comprehensive one will contribute to Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development betterment.”
“The thrust of the policy shall be to increase the international competitiveness of Zimbabwean industry and products.”
“I urged all sectors to utilize this policy.”
The former Director General for African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Gift Sibanda also said:
“The launch of the policy marks the beginning of great work in Zimbabwe.”
“The policy will provide clarity and suitable framework for improving intellectual property.”
The Zimbabwe National Intellectual Property Policy and Implementation Strategy (ZNIPPIS) 2018-2022 is the first ever in Zimbabwe.
The overall objective of the policy is to ensure that the entire intellectual property governance framework leverages the country’s IP potential for inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development.