Ghana: ECOWAS RCO to Boost Gambian Copyright Office

Regulation & Policy

The director of Culture, Education, Science and Technology of the ECOWAS Commission has informed stakeholders at the ongoing workshop that the ECOWAS Regional Copyright Observatory (RCO) will present some computers and other office equipment to the Gambian Copyright Office at the National Council for Arts and Culture, to strengthen their capacity.

Professor Abdoulaye Maga made this disclosure Monday at the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI) during the opening of a five-day training workshop for copyright administrators and members of the Collecting Society of The Gambia.

Maga, who on behalf of Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouadraogo and the commissioner in charge of Human Development and Gender, Dr Adrienne Diop noted that this promise was in respect of the assessment/fact finding mission carried out by the ECOWAS Observatory team in The Gambia in 2012. The Commission, he informed has promised to render some technical assistance through contributing to strengthening the operational capacity of the Gambian copyright office.

Professor Maga who earlier welcomed the various delegates to the training workshop as well paid tribute to His Excellency, the President of the Republic and the people of the Gambia for their warm hospitality.

He recalled that the training workshop organised by RCO was informed by the rapid progress made by the Gambia after the assessment of copyright carried out in the country by the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the 2012 Observatory members. For further determination of the progress made by the Gambian copyright office in setting up the Gambian Collecting Management Society, he said, the Observatory chose The Gambia to host its 4th meeting, which was held in May 2013 here in Banjul. Professor Maga further stated that The Gambia was singled out for this propitious training workshop of its copyright administrators and collective management bodies in order to further assist and encourage them to achieve maximum benefits in dealing with the country's copyright concerns.

He reiterated that the ECOWAS RCO created in 2009 was strategically positioned by ECOWAS authorities to act as a regulatory mechanism for observation and monitoring of the works of creators with the view to reduce the obstacles posed to the development of cultural industries in the region.

Source: The Daily Observer (Banjul) - YUNUS S. SALIU, 8 Jan. 2014