The Africa IP Summit is a highly controversial event, scheduled to be held in Cape Town in April, co-organised by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the US Department of Commerce and a number of large US corporations (Microsoft, Eli Lilly. Pfizer, etc).
There are clear intentions to use this platform to promote for TRIPS-plus measures in intellectual property protection and enforcement in the African region. Needless to say that WIPO is also quite active on 'anti-counterfeit' initiatives; deliberately conflating questions of IPRs with questions about quality, safety and efficacy. The objectives of this 'summit' run counter to the spirit and the letter of the Development Agenda adopted by WIPO in 2007.
PHM has joined 99 NGOs and academics urging WIPO to reconsider.
Please read, circulate, publicise and write directly to WIPO.