three-day national symposium on intellectual property education organised by
the Ministry of Justice, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and
the University of The Gambia is currently underway at the UTG law faculty in
The symposium is meant to create awareness on the importance of the protection of individual intellectual properties for self and national development.
Acting registrar of companies at the Ministry of Justice Alieu Jallow said the symposium was made possible after their engagement with the Director General of WIPO to help introduce the intellectual property education in other faculties of the UTG.
He urged the University management to introduce intellectual property education in its programmes, which, he said would assist to impart intellectual property knowledge among the students.
Professor Faqir Muhammed Anjum, vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia said the symposium came at a better time, adding that it has shown the important role intellectual property education has in current contemporary legal environment and education in general.
He said the wellbeing of an individual effort is only protected and guaranteed when there is an intellectual property legal frame that guards the intellectual rights of that particular person.
Martha Chikowore, a WIPO representative from Geneva said her office is delighted to partner with the government of The Gambia in discussing the significance of intellectual property education in order to enhance its teaching in most of the UTG faculties.
She said WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property policy, information and cooperation and is a self-funding body with 192 member states including The Gambia. “I am very hopeful of a fruitful outcome at the end of the symposium on the understanding of the IP among the law students here present,” she said.