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It is indeed a great enchantment for me to address some vital and kernel issues and points with regard to the vision, mission, values and goals of our office- Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) in a nutshell. This is in order to shed lights on our mapped out plan which we all are duty bound to carry to its end using all possible modus operandi . It is a glaring and undeniable fact that the EIPO needs to strive to its utmost capacity to essentially strengthen the national IPR system as a sources of wealth creation and value-addition in its own right, to the benefit of the society and individuals, taking all administrative, technical and legal frameworks into account. 

I have a feeling of exhilaration to dwell upon the vivid fact by reiterating that our institution is, no doubt, our country’s center of legislation enforcement as well as cooperation in the IPR field. Evidently, we all came to rely upon the veracity that the Office works within its mandate and in close partnership with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and with other Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote and use IP for technology transfer, advancing the creative industry and enhancing fair-trade practices with the aim of entrenching our national development.

It is my deep-seated belief that we ought not to found ourselves hesitant and recalcitrant enough to admit the truth that there remains a lot to be done in the forthcoming days so as to solidify and crystallize our visionmission, values and objectives as well as goals.  Hencemy key priorities as from the recent date I took office in the capacity of Acting Director General will be, among other things, to try to make progress towards ensuring domestic confidence in the IPR system. I also firmly believe that the benefit of IPR to the indigenous/ local people and the economy has become more important than a mere having of laws in place. As many Least Developing Countries (LDCs) have integrated IP issues in their specific development objectives, EIPO has also to play its vital role to the overall development and competitiveness of Ethiopia, a country aspiring to become a proud middle income country by the 2025.This, according to my belief, is the most important of the major issues on my agenda, in which case all of us would come to agree upon unanimously. I am fully committed to working constructively with you, our customers and other concerned entities and I trust that we will perform our forthcoming activities in an equally constructive spirit.

In the final analysis, I take liberty to give emphasis on the fact that we must vow to reshape our own attitude to be able firm in view or purpose and concomitantly be unable to be swayed or detracted from it with a view to achieving our intended goal in pursuance of our plan of action for which we demonstrated our commitment.



Ermias Yemanebirhan

Director General