Cultural diversity

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Intellectual Property and collective administration of copyright and neighbouring rights : " Provide more reassurance to creators and ensure cultural diversity "

Agence de presse chinoise Xinhua, le 19 avril 2005 – 2005/04/19

This past April 18-21, Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism organized a sub-regional conference on intellectual property in Ouagadougou, in collaboration with the Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO/OMPI). The French-speaking copyright offices from 19 Western and Central African countries took part. The initiatives of this conference concerned the collective administration of copyright and neighbouring rights in the development of cultural industries, specifically the impact of literary and artistic property in the development of cultural industries in Africa, and the means of controlling the growth of trade in cultural property.

In this respect, the AIF representative , Mr. Amadou Diallo, declared that protecting intellectual property is essential to the development of cultural industries: “It has an impact on the economy and even promotes job creation”. He hoped that the meeting in Ouagadougou leads to avenues of action enabling African copyright offices to provide more reassurance to creators and to ensure cultural diversity, dialogue between civilizations and widespread dissemination of works. In addition, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Culture , Mr. Mahamoudou Ouédraogo, wanted more support for national copyright protection structures, because “protection of copyright and neighbouring rights is a lever for the economic, social and cultural development of African countries.” [05-11]