Why we inaugurated Inter-ministerial steering committee for review of Intellectual Property Policy, Strategy Draft for Nigeria – Minister


By Stanley Iwuoha

The Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa says she inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee with her Trade and Investment counterpart because
Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy Document was not only foundational but essential to bringing in investors to the country.

Recall that an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee was inaugurated on Thursday
to review the Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy Draft for Nigeria was inaugurated on Thursday in Abuja.

At the Inauguration ceremony which took place at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Minister, Dr. Doris Uzoka -Anite said that the committee’s task is to review the draft policy and strategy, ensuring it aligns with global best practices and addresses Nigeria’s unique needs.

Dr Uzoka -Anite who will also serve as the Chairman of the inter-ministerial committee emphasized the importance of intellectual property rights in driving innovation, economic growth, and societal progress.
She charged the members to be dilligent in other to shape the future of intellectual property rights in Nigeria and empower innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs to thrive globally.

“The development of a robust and forward-looking IP policy and strategy is a key priority for our government. In today’s knowledge-driven global economy, intellectual property rights are crucial drivers of innovation, economic growth, and societal progress. An effective IP framework empowers our entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and businesses to reap the full rewards of their creativity and ingenuity.

“It is therefore imperative that we get this policy right – one that resonates with global best practices, while also addressing the unique needs and aspirations of the Nigerian people. This is where your role as members of this esteemed committee becomes invaluable.

“I have carefully selected each of you to serve on this committee based on your distinguished track records, specialized expertise, and proven commitment to the advancement of intellectual property rights in Nigeria. Your diverse backgrounds will bring a rich tapestry of perspectives to the table”.

Also speaking, the Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa who is the Co-Chairman of the committee insisted that the Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy Document remained key to whatever policy decision that in the ministry.

She said, “One of the very important things for us in the Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy is to put in place a Regulatory and Legal Framework of which the Intellectual Property Policy is topmost. Without this policy in place, we cannot do anything. It will also be difficult for investors to come as the IP policy will give legal backing to their investments.

“One of the things we are committed to is growing the nation’s GDP by $100b by 2030. We cannot do anything without the Intellectual Property Policy, so putting in place a regulatory and legal framework is essential to bringing value back home”.

A member of the committee and former Member of the Senate of Nigeria Hon Ben Murray – Bruce thanked the ministers for the initiative, stating that Nigeria is in dire need of IP protection.

“Artists make all their money outside the country but not back home so how do you turn creativity into cash? Intellectual Property Protection is the greatest gift that you can give to the country. It will work for medicine, for science, for the creative industry and you can’t imagine what Nigeria will be, five years from now”.

The committee members were selected from the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, Justice, Aviation, Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Agriculture and Rural Development, Education, Science and Technology, Information and National Orientation, Trade, Industry and Investment and Art, Culture and Creative Economy,

Members are charged with conducting a comprehensive and consultative review, engaging with stakeholders, and providing recommendations for strengthening the policy framework.

The inter-ministerial committee is expected to conclude the review in 4 weeks.


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