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Human Resources Development Africa Exhibition


The Star Human Resources Development Africa exhibition is celebrating its fifth year and has cemented its position as the leading event in the education, training and skills development sectors. The Star Human Resources Development Africa Exhibition 2002 had over 100 exhibitors showcasing their products, technologies and services. It attracted a quality audience of 3,486, which included decision makers from both the corporate and education worlds. The Star Human Resources Development Africa Exhibition 2002 also attracted International Visitors from Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Germany, USA & The United Kingdom.


The Star Human Resources Development Africa 2003 has included two new features, which will add important dimensions to the show. The first is a village for Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas). There will also be a full programme of conferences/seminars on topical issues in education and training. The second is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education section. There are various programmes at national and provincial levels to roll out education technologies in schools being under-taken by government in partnership with the private sector and donors. The objective is to equip all educational and training institutions with computers and internet access to enhance teaching and learning. The ICT in education section provides a platform for suppliers to exhibit their technologies. In the coming years this section will grow into a significant component of the exhibition.


Covers all educational aspects from pre-school, to tertiary level (private and public sectors).

Exhibitor Profile:

Educational Aids and Equipment



Adult-based Education

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education

Computer Hardware and Software Programmes

Distance Learning Programmes

Tertiary Institutions.

Visitor Profile:


School Principals



Professors and Lecturers


University Teaching Staff

Government Educational Officials

School Governing Body Members. 

Training Skills & Development

Covers all aspects related to training skills, development and HR management.

Exhibitor Profile Includes:

Suppliers and Manufacturers of Training Equipment

Training Companies and Institutions


HR Consultancies

Recruitment Services

Software Solutions

Audiovisual Equipment

Courseware Development Programmes

Accreditation Standards

External Graduate/Post-graduate Courses.


Training Managers

Chief Executives

HR Managers and Consultants

Procurement Managers


Government Officials



WIPO strategy - Human Resources Development in Africa

Human resources development has been a major WIPO strategy for building countries’ capacity to utilize intellectual property for technological, social, economic and cultural development. In order to adequately respond to the ever-increasing demand for capacity building in intellectual property, WIPO established the Worldwide Academy (WWA) as its major academic arm, in 1998.

Since its creation, the WWA has played an important role in helping the Organization meet new challenges and has now expanded the scope of its training programs to deal with all dimensions of intellectual property, including, the legislative, administrative and enforcement aspects of intellectual property systems. Its program comprises the following main components: Professional Training, Policy Training, Distance Learning and a Summer School Program (formerly known as the Internship Program) which is open to senior students and young professionals from all regions, who are following a course of study in the intellectual property field.

All the African countries have taken part in at least one of the various training programs organized during the year 2000. A total of 53 national and regional seminars were organized in which 4,079 officials participated. The training courses, workshops and seminars promoted policy debate and a deeper understanding of the practical implications of the intellectual property system among decision-makers, policy advisors, development managers, intellectual property professionals, diplomats and other target groups. They also offered opportunities for sharing information and exchanging views on the experience of other developing countries in using the intellectual property system as a tool for development.

It is worth noting that training in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the implications of the TRIPS Agreement were carried out in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO), while the International Trade Center (ITC) collaborated in regional training workshops aimed at building the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises to negotiate transfer of technologies.

In an attempt to develop sustainability for intellectual property teaching in Africa, the WWA is progressively integrating intellectual property into curricula of African universities. The University of South Africa has already introduced into its curriculum a Diploma on Intellectual Property Law. In addition, five long-term fellowships were awarded to students from Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and South Africa.

It should be noted that in order to meet the challenges, the Academy depends substantially on external partners, such as, intellectual property offices in different regions, academic institutions, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and specialized agencies of the United Nations, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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