International Colloquium, Yaoundé, 7-9 October 2008
Lois Muraguri, a Research Fellow at Innogen, attended an 'International Colloquium on Intellectual Property in the Knowledge Economy: A Challenge for Africa and its Diaspora'.
Lois was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organisation which organised the event together with the Government of Cameroon.
The event was mostly attended by policy makers in Cameroon and other Francophone countries. The speakers included high profile African scientists and researchers working in Africa and also abroad.
It was proposed that the diaspora present form a network that would work with their governments in Africa on matters relating to policy and implementation of intellectual property in the context of development.
Recommendations were handed over to representatives from WIPO and the Cameroonian government during the closing ceremony and Lois was nominated to join the committee that would follow up these recommendations and coordinate the network’s activities.
The picture left to right: Getachew Mengistie (former head of Ethiopian intellectual property office), Ephraim Inoni (Prime Minister of Cameroon), Lois Muraguri (Innogen), John Kilama (President, Global Bioscience Development Institute, USA) and Herman Ntchatcho, (Director, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Bureau for Africa, WIPO).