OAPI Trains Stakeholders To Improve Relevance Of GI Registration

A three-day workshop was held in Yaounde to equip stakeholders from member states of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) with valuable methods and tools for identifying, recognizing, controlling, and defending Geographical Indications (GI). The intellectual property organization in a member nation uses a geographical indicator to register valuable products.

In an effort to increase the significance of GI registration, the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa Project (AfrIPI), in partnership with OAPI, the French Development Agency (AFD), and the Support Project for the Implementation of Geographical Indications in the OAPI Member States (Phase II (PAMPIG 2), organized the workshop.

During the opening ceremony on October 25, various dignitaries emphasized the economic, social, and environmental benefits of GI registration.

Aida Galindo, the Project Leader of AfrIPI, highlighted their support for continental strategies on GI in Africa and their collaboration with OAPI since 2020. Galindo also emphasized the importance of GI registration for rural communities and consumers, ensuring product quality and territorial authenticity through the GI logo.

Denis Loukou, Director General of OAPI, highlighted the importance of the workshop in reinforcing national committees responsible for GIs, as these play a crucial role in product identification and document compilation before submission to OAPI.

The European Union Ambassador to Cameroon, Jean-Marc Chataigner acknowledged the increasing importance of geographical indicators as catalysts for economic growth, particularly in rural areas. As a result of OAPI’s determination to support regional goods and handicrafts, the dynamics of GI registrations have increased. Notably, the first GI from OAPI to be registered in the EU has been identified, and approximately ten additional products are presently undergoing recognition.

A new strategy for geographical indicators has been confirmed with the adoption of the OAPI Strategic Plan for 2022–2027. This strategy concentrates on the registration, consolidation, promotion, and sustainability of both current and prospective GIs. This approach also includes technical supervision, consolidation of recognition initiatives, and monitoring of groups representing various PGIs and collective marks.

All things considered, the workshop helped provide interested parties with the information and resources they need to fully utilize spatial indicators to promote economic growth and development in OAPI member nations.

By Jacqueline Nyingchia (Corporate Communication Student on Internship)


Post &Telecommunication Minister Woos Potential Digital Partners To Ensure Internet Connectivity

By Elvis Patrick

Cameroon Post and Telecommunication Minister, Minette Libom Li Likeng has invited partners-organizations and institutions within the Commonwealth Alliance Digital Nations to partner in the digital sector to ensure internet connectivity for every Cameroonian.

Addressing the alliance, Libom Li Likeng shared the challenges of broadband connectivity in Cameroon and sought collaboration with potential international partners and sector members across the commonwealth to improve this situation.

Post and Telecommunication Minister at the London Alliance of Digital Nations

Some of the challenges Cameroon is facing are the fast-growing digital environment that poses a challenge to regulation and the high cost of the internet for low-income persons in Cameroon.

Against this backdrop, the minister said the government has sought the expertise of international partners like the World Bank to help Cameroon to put in place an enabling environment that takes into consideration a converging technological landscape, the convergence of service delivery; companies and businesses to meet up with consumer demands.

She maintained that the government is committed to enhancing regulatory instruments; institutional and decisional capacity to attract sector investments and enhance digital trust through efficient cybersecurity measures as well as skills.

Post and Telecom minister maintained that the government is open to any form of partnership with countries, organizations, and institutions within the Commonwealth to ensure that every Cameroonian is connected.

The minister is amongst 20 ICT state ministers across the commonwealth, taking part in the first-ever ministerial alliance for Digital Nations, underway in London in the United Kingdom.

Minister Libom Li Likeng is accompanied by a high-level delegation of the ICT sector in Cameroon including the Telecommunications Regulatory Board-ART and Cameroon Telecommunications- CAMTEL.

Minister Libom Li Likeng

The ministerial alliance for Digital Nations comes on the heels of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Digital Week which kicked off on February 20th with a forum chaired by Cameroon.

The Digital Week ends on Friday, February 24th with major decisions expected to be taken with regard to the management of the CTO where Cameroon is the sector Development partner and member of the council.


Signup Increase For Signal, Impact Of Facebook Bug

More signups for Signal- a messaging app is the direct impact of the more than 6hour Facebook bug experience dtoday the world over. This is the second bug in 2021.

From about 4: 00pm to about 11 pm on Monday, October 4, Facebook and its applications, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp were down.

Many at first thought there was an issue with the internet, a tech expert Rebecca Enonchong tweeted that Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp were down.

Then, Facebook tweeted that they were working to restore the apps.

Many started searching for different apps and Signal came as the app many signed up for, as seen from this tweet.

Meanwhile there was real fun on twitter.

When twitter noticed the rush, the message was, Hello everyone, WhatsApp replied, Instagram, and Facebook too. Then McDonalds asked what he could do for twitter and the response was 56.6million nuggets for my friends.

By 10:00pm CAT messages started popping up, to indicate that Facebook apps had been restored. Facebook again tweeted.

But, many are still at loss at to why there was such a bug as Facebook has not explained.

The loses Facebook has incurred as a result of the bug is estimated at about 7 billion US dollars.

There are allegations that a post by a former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, that made revelations about the conflict of interest Facebook has to deal with shortly before, was the cause of the bug, but this has not been confirmed.

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Graduating Students Told To Implore Critical, Creative Thinking

By Etienne Mainimo

Graduating students from Giddis Computer Training Center, GCTC Yaounde have been urged to implore critical and creative thinking as they move to the job market.

The message was echoed July 31 in Yaounde by Gilfort Fur Fondzenyuy, Director of the institution during the graduation ceremony of the sixth batch of the establishment.

Fur Fondzenyuy said, for the graduating students to make a difference in the job market, they need to be creative and most importantly, distinguish themselves from others.

“…As you get out into the job market, you need to be very critical and creative in your different departments that you have undergone training. There are many out there like you but with the knowledge that the school has given you, only your hard work will make you different, do not sleep on your laureates but go beyond what you have studied,” Fur Fondzenyuy.

To the students who are still to graduate, the Director encourage them to tighten their belts and know it is through hard work that comes success.

“Graduating students should be a role models and a reason to keep pushing and do better more than your predecessors. I know there will always be difficulties, the more reason for you not to give up. I encourage you to keep aiming high because those who are determined to succeed never give up,” he added.

To Linus Lahka, Board Chair of the institution, told the graduating student to “Remember to be Men and Women of truth and by so doing you will protect your integrity.”

In thanking the school for the knowledge, they have acquired, Christabel Nshom, representative of the students said, GCTC has been an unforgettable journey that has prepared them for the future, whatever it may hold.

“Individually our experiences are unique but together we share a common bond as members of batch 2021.”

Over 20 students graduated from diverse fields such as secretarial duties and administration, hardware maintenance, graphic designing and web designing.


Producer/Actress Joins Initiative To Secure Cameroon’s Cyber Space

Essoka Security Cyber Security Division provides solutions to secure passwords, emails, cards and hacked platforms.

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon’s celebrated actress and film producer, Stephanie Tum is now Essoka Cyber Security Division Brand Ambassador.

Stephanie Tum signed a two year contract with the Cameroon base private security company on July 21 in Yaounde.

According to the terms of the contract, Tum is expected to create and push the company’s vision of cyber security to the public.

Speaking shortly after signing her contract, Tum expressed her appreciation to the company, promising to push the agenda and create awareness in Cameroon and beyond.

“I feel happy to accompany the company through out this project. I think it normal for me to be part of this as a public figure, a model and citizen of Cameroon who is directly threatened by cyber security.

I am so delighted and will heartily push forward this agenda for Cameroon space to be secured. Also, push for Cameroonians are trained to secure Cameroon and African cyber space as a whole,” she said.

She added, “I will work so hard to push this agenda and to make sure that awareness is created on cyber security in Cameroon and get as many Cameroonians as possible involved”.

Joseph Nsoh, Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the company thanked Stephanie Tum for accepting to be the company’s brand ambassador.

“You chosen because of your social media presence and as a model”.

Essoka Cyber Security Division strives to provide comprehensive solutions to information security issues of this era.

“We provide solutions to secure passwords, emails, cards and hacked platforms”.

Optic Fiber links Cameroon and Gabon

Cameroon – Gabon Interconnection: 96-strand G652 Type Optical Fiber Now Links The Countries

The interconnection is expected to reduce the digital divide, communication costs in the sub region and ensure security in communication

By Etienne Mainimo in Gabon

The Cameroon government, through its telecommunications company, Cameroon Telecommunication, CAMTEL, has inaugurated the interconnection line between with Gabon.

The 96-strand G652 type optical fiber laid underground goes from the city of Bitam in Gabon to the city of kye-Ossi in Cameroon.

The line covers a total distance of 22 km making it possible to connect the telecommunication transport networks (Backbone) of the two countries.

The interconnection is expected to reduce the digital divide as well as reduce communication costs in the sub region. In addition, it is going to ensure security in communication.

Approximately 100 terabytes/second is to be offered as well as eLearning and other advantages.

Launch ceremony of Optic Fibre connectivity between Cameroon and Gabon

The launching ceremony took place in Bitam, Gabon on July 14 to 17. The ceremony was chaired by the Minister of State, Minister of Telecommunications and the Economy of Gabon accompanied by the Cameroon Minister of Telecommunications as well as the Equatorial Telecommunications.

Cameroon’s Ambassador to Gabon as well as Gabon’s Ambassador to Cameroon alongside other dignitaries from the three countries took part in the ceremony.

The Optic Fibre connection would be linked to equatorial Guinea in the days ahead.

Delegate General for National Security

Cameroon biometric passport nine months after: Procedure to follow

Cameroon announced the production of biometric passports nine months ago on September 7 and the first passports have been promised for July 1.

Here is the procedure:

  • Online enrollment from an android phone, laptop, request on DGSN website.
  • An electronic payment by mobile money or credit card.
  • Online application enrollment in a center chosen by the applicant, physical presence of the applicant at the production center, (Douala and Garoua under construction and others being renovated).
  • Opening and verification of the file submitted by the applicant online, presentation of the originals of the required documents, taking of the photo, fingerprints, scanning of supporting documents, and approval of the information to appear on the passport by the applicant. This is followed by enrollment by the operator and printing of the passport.

The applicant can follow the progress of the passport through the DGSN website.

The Production capacity of the biometric passports is of 1500 per day or 2200 in optimal production.  

Requests not rejected will be processed within 48 hours

In case rejection a message ((sms) or mail specifying the reason would be sent to the applicant

Text message for withdrawal, in case of extreme cases, upon an authorization a third party can withdraw the passport.

 In view of the entry effective production of the biometric passport, the Immigration Centres will have to stop enrollment for the present passports on the 23 rd of June 2021, and June 15, 2021 in diplomatic missions to allow to end production under the current system.

On September 7, 2020, the DGSN signed a contract with Augentic consortium for the production of a new biometric passport system but challenges related to Covid-19 production delayed.

Before now, it could take the applicant months to obtain a passport, but the Delegate General for National Security, DGSN, Mbarga Nguelle has stated by June 1, the passport would be delivered within 48 hours.