Cameroon is the latest African nation to join the Marrakesh treaty following the ratification of the treaty on October 5,2021.
The WIPO-administered Marrakesh Treaty, adopted on June 27, 2013, and entered into force on September 30, 2016, makes the production and international transfer of specially-adapted books for people with blindness or visual impairments easier. It does this by establishing a set of limitations and exceptions to traditional copyright law. All WIPO member states are eligible to become a party to the Marrakesh Treaty. To become a member, a state must deposit an “instrument” declaring its intention with the Director General of WIPO. This instrument must be signed by the Head of State, the Head of Government or the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Cameroon will become an official contracting member state of the treaty effective 5th January 2022.
With this development, the country is the 3rd African nation to ratify the treaty in 2021, following Mauritius and Comoros who are not effective members.