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4 Jun 2019

WIPO head describes Belarus as active, important member

WIPO head describes Belarus as active, important member

MINSK, 4 June (BelTA) – Belarus is an active and very important member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO Director General Francis Gurry made the statement after meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 4 June, BelTA has learned.

The WIPO director general said: “Belarus is an active and very important member of our international organization. We appreciate all the support your country provides, all the information Belarus shares, and the experience your country has accumulated. Particularly in the area of science and technology. These days we live in such a turbulent world. It is particularly important to have such reliable partners like Belarus, which is always ready for productive cooperation.”

Francis Gurry noted that competition is on the rise in today’s world, particularly in the area of science and technology. “It is the cornerstone of progress of the entire mankind. In conditions of this growing competition it is very important to pursue a policy of multipolarity. Belarus has excellent human resources, which allow you to develop science and technologies in your country. Belarus always promotes this multipolar approach, particularly if we talk about such complicated matters as artificial intelligence, robot technologies, and big data arrays. These matters need to be discussed internationally on an equal footing. Belarus is always ready to promote this approach and share its experience,” he stated.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization that coordinates international cooperation in the sphere of intellectual property. The organization is headquartered in Geneva. As many as 192 countries are WIPO members. The main goals of the organization are to help protect rights to intellectual property, discharge administrative functions as part of international agreements in the sphere of intellectual property.

The WIPO provides considerable assistance to Belarus with developing the national intellectual property system. The main avenues of cooperation include the improvement of Belarusian legislation to bring it into compliance with international standards, the development of the national infrastructure, the assimilation of new information technologies, and personnel training.

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