Property bill passes second reading with reservations

source: BOPA
25 March, 2010

GABORONE – Industrial Property Bill passed its second reading in Parliament Tuesday, although some MPs expressed reservations on international treaties Botswana was a party to.

Kgatleng East MP, Mr Isaac Mabiletsa, said he found it difficult to support a bill which incorporated a number of international treaties he was not conversant with.

He said while he acknowledged the importance of the bill as it sought to protect indigenous knowledge, he could not support it because he did not know what Batswana stood to benefit from international intellectual property rights treaties and protocols Botswana signed.

MP Mabiletsa said Parliament should be informed before the executive signed and [continue reading]

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