By Mrs Susan Mwiti, Documentations & Communications Officer, ARIPO
On Thursday, 15 April 2021, the ARIPO Secretariat conducted a training for The Gambia Intellectual Property Office Staff members on how to set up and fully utilize the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) environment.
The training held via the Zoom platform was officially opened by the ARIPO Director General, Bemanya Twebaze, and the Registrar General of The Gambia, Mr Abdoulie Colley.
“ICT is indispensable in the administration of Intellectual Property. This training is timely. I want to thank the ARIPO Director General for responding in a timely manner to The Gambia’s request for this training. Continuous capacity building is fundamental if we really want to make progress in the field of IP Administration,” noted Mr Abdoulie Colley, Registrar General of The Gambia IP Office.
According to the ARIPO DG, ARIPO has embarked on a number of ICT projects taking advantage of the available tools to provide efficiency in IP business processing and improve its communication with stakeholders.
The FTP platform, which is provided by WIPO, was first setup in 2016 with the main aim of improving communication and the exchange of documents and notifications between ARIPO and its Member States. The ARIPO Secretariat worked with the nominated focal point of The Gambia in setting up the FTP platform. The FTP platform was then upgraded to a much more secure SFTP platform in 2020 to enhance security.
ARIPO is also implementing the Member States (MS) module which allows for online data exchange between POLite+ of ARIPO and IPAS of its Member States. The module allows for a paperless exchange of information and through it, ARIPO and its Member States can exchange all types of notifications, forms and documents online. The module has now been implemented in 12 ARIPO Member States.
The Member States module works much more efficiently than the SFTP platform and once it has been implemented in all Member States the exchange of information through the SFTP platform will be phased out. “It is my hope that the MS module will be implemented in The Gambia very soon, so that you may also start benefitting from this tool,” noted ARIPO DG.