ARIPO is governed by various organs. These organs are; the Council of Ministers, Administrative Council, Board of Appeal and the Secretariat. The Administrative Council has subsidiary bodies, namely Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Staff Affairs Committee and four Technical Committees.
Council of Ministers
The Council of Ministers comprises Ministers of governments of the ARIPO Member States who are responsible for the administration of intellectual property laws in their respective countries. It is the supreme organ of the Organization. The Republic of Botswana is the current Chairman of the Council of Ministers. The Chairman serves for one term of two years.
The Administrative Council is composed of heads of offices responsible for intellectual property and copyright in the Member States. The Administrative Council is subordinate to the Council and has subsidiary Committees in place to administer the affairs of ARIPO. These are Finance, Audit, Staff Affairs and Technical Committees. The Republic of Botswana is the current Chairman of the Administrative Council, having taken over from The Republic of Zimbabwe at the 47th Session of the Administrative Council. The Chairman serves for one term of two years.