On 5 and 6 September, a regional consultation on the TAG initiative (Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance) took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, at the headquarters of OAPI (Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle).
Photo: Bouna Manel Fall
IFRRO, OAPI and WIPO co-organised the consultation, which saw participants coming from various collective management organisations in West Africa and Central Africa: it included delegates from BBDA (Burkina Faso), BCDA (Congo), BUMDA (Mali), BURIDA (Côte d’Ivoire), BUTODRA (Togo), SOCADAP, SCAAP and SOCILADRA (Cameroon) and SODAV (Senegal), and representatives from Comoros, the Central African Republic and the Ministry of Culture of Cameroon.
During these two days, participants worked and exchanged experience on the basis of the TAG Compendium of Good practices. At the end of the consultation, a consensus emerged on the value and particular relevance of the TAG initiative for collective management organisations who want to reach high standards of transparency, governance and accountability, and want to document that they have attained such standards. The TAG initiative also fits well with the implementation of the 8th point of the OAPI Action Plan on copyright, which is to ‘define a minimum standard for Collective Management Organisations to reach in order to secure literary and artistic property in the OAPI area to contribute to economic development’.
On the two following days, OAPI organised the yearly meeting of CMOs in OAPI Member States. It adopted a first version of a minimum standards document for CMOs in OAPI Member States based on the recommendations in the TAG Compendium, which is intended to be completed at the next CMO meeting.
Find the TAG Compendium here.