Swiss-Ghanaian Intellectual Property Project, Phase II (SGIP II)

The objective of the SGIP II project is to strengthen the use of intellectual property rights in Ghana in order to contribute to higher competitiveness, add more value to Ghanaian products, and have a positive impact on Ghana’s economic development.

 
 

Project background and context

Cooperation between Ghana and Switzerland in the field of intellectual property rights (IPRs) started in early 2009 with the launch of the Swiss-Ghana Intellectual Property Project (SGIP I).
Comprehensive policy advice, mainly provided through a National IP Policy Committee, contributed significantly to an enabling legal framework for IPRs, including the revision of the main laws on IPRs.
The Government of Ghana, based on the achievements of SGIP I, expressed a strong desire to benefit from further Swiss support in order to consolidate and build on the positive results of SGIP I. While Ghana’s legal and institutional framework in the field of IPRs is well developed, challenges remain. As in many other developing countries, institutional constraints continue to impede the effective enforcement of IPRs. Furthermore, rights holders have not yet fully exploited the potential of these rights. Both of these challenges are in part the result of limited public awareness of IPRs. Promoting the use of those types of IPRs which would allow Ghana to capitalise on its internal strengths is of particular interest to the Government of Ghana.

 

1 Why Ghana? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts

 

 

Goals and objectives

Selected goals and objectives of high relevance to Ghana to be
achieved by SGIP II include:

  • An enabling IP environment is in place and improved services are provided to IP users.
  • Research institutions and SMEs are increasingly commercialising their IPRs.
  • The protection and enforcement of IPRs are improved for the higher economic benefits of rights holders and for safeguarding consumers against substandard goods.
  • Legal protection and market access of high quality agricultural products and handicraft products are improved for the benefit of rural and artisanal communities.

 

1 Why Ghana? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts

 

 

Activities

Considering the relatively advanced stage of Ghana’s system of IPRs, this niche approach of SGIP II of “filling specific gaps” adds the most value and thus seems to be the best strategy to achieve sustainable results.

SGIP II provides the opportunity to consolidate, broaden and deepen results achieved by SGIP I. The continuation of support – with a shifted focus to the practical implementation of the newly established policy framework – will translate prior achievements into tangible, sustainable outcomes that directly benefit key stakeholders.

Within selected thematic areas, the activities mainly consist of technical capacity building through training, workshops, education programmes and expert input, to be led by national and international consultants. These activities increase the capacity of relevant IP-related organisations in delivering professional services. Furthermore, SGIP II envisages supporting the pilot registration of selected geographical indications (GIs) products, which will be determined during the implementation of the project. The registration of these local specialty products as GIs is expected to increase the income of local producers.

 

1 Why Ghana? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts

 

 

Alignment with Ghana’s general development priorities

Strong IPR protection is becoming increasingly important for Ghana’s ability to attract investments in modern technologies, which are needed to improve the quality of local products and add value to them. Ghana has great capacity in establishing new brands, e.g. for the export of fruit, cacao beans, coffee, and shea butter. Higher competitiveness and more value added to these and other products are expected to result in a positive impact on the country’s socio-economic development. An effective and well-balanced IPR system encourages technology transfer, research and development, and the building of strong local brands, which are crucial for increasing the international competitiveness of Ghanaian companies. Better protection and use of GIs for marketing local specialties benefit rural areas in particular and enable Ghana to leverage its internal strengths and allow for a more balanced growth. The protection of GIs as well as the better enforcement of other forms of IPRs in Ghana would contribute to the safeguarding of the rich cultural tradition and heritage of the country.

 

1 Why Ghana? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts

 

 

Beneficiaries

The main beneficiaries of SGIP II are the Industrial Property Offices at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), and the Copyright Office under the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Department (MoJ). Both will benefit through direct technical capacity building. Additionally, local small and medium enterprises and relevant associations benefit from tailor-made workshops and training, while other economic actors as well as the wider Ghanaian public benefit indirectly through improved services of the RGD, and the improved quality and competitiveness of Ghanaian products. The impact of SGIP II also extends to the more vulnerable segments of the Ghanaian population such as rural communities, mainly through the use of GIs for marketing local specialties.

 

1 Why Ghana? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts

 
 

 

Quick project facts

Project Duration
January 2016 – December 2021

Total budget
CHF 1,400,000

Donor agency
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs – SECO

Implementing partners
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – IPI
Ghana Ministry of Trade and Industry – MoTI
Ghana Ministry of Justice – MoJ

Ghana country context
Population: 26 million
Area: 238,533 km2
Annual GDP growth: 4.0% (2014)
Annual income per capita: USD 4,100 (2014)

 

1 Why Ghana? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts

 

More Information

Georges Bauer / Olga Allemann – SGIP II Project Coordinators
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – IPI
georges.bauernot shown@ipito make life hard for spam bots.ch | +41 31 377 72 14 / olga.allemannnot shown@ipito make life hard for spam bots.ch | +41 31 377 72 12

 
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