GIs are strengthening in Africa, thanks to collaborative projects between local and international institutions. Among others, the Continental Strategy for Geographical Indications in Africa 2018-2023, endorsed in October 2017 by the AU Commission, in collaboration with the OAPI, the ARIPO, the European Commission, the FAO, the WIPO and the EUIPO; and the “Project to Support the Implementation of Geographical Indications in OAPI Member States” (PAMPIG), currently in its second phase of implementation.
In this context, it is interesting to note the application for protection in the EU of the PGI “Poivre de Penja” , published at the end of November. “Poivre de Penja” was the first African GI to be recognised within OAPI in September 2013. Its geographical area covers six districts in Cameroon; Mbanga, Mombo, Njombé-penja, Loum, Manjo, in the department of Moungo (Littoral) and Tombel (South West).
The other African GIs currently recognised within OAPI are: “Ananas pain de sucre du Plateau d’Allada” (Benin), “Café Ziama Macenta” (Guinea), “Miel blanc d’Oku” (Cameroon) and “Oignon violet de Galmi” (Niger).