ALGIERS, — Algeria will host the African office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.

The WIPO, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a United Nations institution and global forum for intellectual property co-operation. It comprises 188 member states and administers 24 international treaties.

“Given the important role of WIPO external offices, African countries have called for many years for the opening of an external WIPO office in Africa, which is the only continent that is not represented in the WIPO external network,” said the Ministry in a statement here Sunday.

The request was a “priority in the agenda of the African group in Geneva”, added the statement, which noted that Algeria had played a key role in the group to make the WIPO General Assembly adopt in 2015 a decision on the opening of two external offices in Africa.

Six African countries — Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya and Nigeria — filed their applications before the deadlines set by the United Nations to host the continental office of the WIPO.

Following the vote held in Geneva last Thursday, Algeria was chosen in the first round to host the WIPO external office for North Africa as it obtained 29 votes, ahead of Egypt (sevent votes), Morocco (7) and Tunisia (2), while Nigeria was chosen to host the WIPO external office for sub-Saharan Africa.

“The WIPO offices in Algiers and Abuja will preserve and promote Africa’ interests in WIPO’s areas of actions,” added the Ministry statement.

Source: Name News Network