ZIMBABWE PARLIAMENT RATIFIES THE MARRAKECH TREATY
On Tuesday 23rd January 20018, the National Parliament of Zimbabwe ratified the Marrakech Treaty. This is good news to start of the year to the blindness sector in the country and at the Africa region level as the right of access to information progressively increases by the day.
During ratification, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour and Social Welfare Magna Mudyiwa said that “ratification of the treaty will assist the visually impaired who have been excluded from effectively participating in political, economic and social contexts due to lack of access to information.”
On the other hand, the AFUB Marrakech Campaign Team led by Jace Nair who is also the immediate past President of AFUB is optimistic that Zimbabwe has paved way for other Southern Africa countries, the country so far being the only one in the sub region to make the bold step. Jace thanks Ishumael Zhou, the AFUB Southern Africa representative at the AFUB Board who is also the Zimbabwe National League of the Blind President for the achievement.
Mazowe South MP Hon. Fortune Chasi who has closely been working with the Jace led Team on the matter is proud that this act by the August House will permit visually impaired Zimbabweans to access print material in accessible formats without necessary seeking for permission from authors and publishers. At the AFUB Secretariat, we are excited by this turn of events and we look forward to the speedy delivery of this ratification to WIPO in Geneva so that it can take effect.
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