SAIC Head met Director General of OAPI

On March 19, Zhang Mao, Head of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) met Dr. Denis Loukou Bohoussou, Director-General of the African Organization for Intellectual Property (OAPI) in Beijing.

Zhang said that China and Africa had profound friendship in tradition. The Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will be held in China in September,2018. The Summit will focus on the joint development of the Belt and Road between China and Africa. Since 2011, SAIC has held the workshops on IPR-related Officials of African Countries for seven years and 341 trainees from 50 African countries attended the training. In 2017, both sides re-signed MOU on Cooperation. “We would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation under the framework of MOU on cooperation and make a bigger contribution to the sound development of China-African economic relations,” said Zhang.

Dr. Denis L. Bohoussou highly affirmed the measures and achievements taken and made by SAIC for the promotion of China’s trademark and brand undertaking. He introduced that the OAPI was composed of 17 African countries speaking French and has a long history of cooperation with SAIC. He hoped that this visit can bring the two sides closer and give a support to facilitating the trademark application of Chinese enterprises applying and protecting trademarks in Africa and better protecting the trademark rights of their own overseas, so as to promote the common development of China and Africa in the IPR course.

(Source: China Industry & Commerce News)