São Tomé ratifies the Arusha Protocol on the Protection of New Varieties of Plants – Intellectual Property


South Africa: São Tomé ratifies the Arusha protocol on the protection of new plant varieties

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The Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe deposited its instrument of ratification of the Arusha Protocol on the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of July 6, 2015, with the Director General of ARIPO on September 29, 2020.

The Protocol, once in force, will implement an effective regional system that will allow farmers to access a wide range of improved varieties to help achieve the regional goal of economic development and food security.

The Arusha Protocol was adopted by a diplomatic conference of ARIPO member states in Arusha, Tanzania on July 6, 2015. São Tomé and Príncipe, along with The Gambia, Ghana and Mozambique, were the four states ARIPO members who signed the Protocol on That Day. The United Republic of Tanzania signed the Protocol a few months later.

In accordance with Article 40 of the Protocol, any Member State of ARIPO or any State to which accession is open may become a Party to this Protocol either by signature followed by the deposit of an instrument of ratification, or by deposit of a instrument of accession.
The Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is now the second ARIPO Member State, after the Republic of Rwanda, to become a Party to the Protocol.

In accordance with Article 40 (3) of the Arusha Protocol, the Protocol will enter into force twelve months after four States have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession.

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