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Belarus and World Intellectual Property Organization signed memorandum of understanding

Belarus and World Intellectual Property Organization signed memorandum of understanding

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Belarus and World Intellectual Property Organization signed memorandum of understanding

Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, and the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Francis Gurry, signed today a memorandum of understanding between the Government of Belarus and WIPO. The ceremony of signing the document, according to BelTA, was held within the meeting with Sergey Rumas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.

The Head of Government noted that Belarus attaches great importance to the cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization and highly appreciates the increasing role of the organization in the world, increasing its influence.

He also said that Belarus is interested in the development of a network of technology and innovation support centers, the implementation of a national project in the field of intellectual property for universities and research organizations, as well as the introduction of new information platforms into the activities of the National Center for Intellectual Property with the participation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Prime Minister noted with satisfaction that recently the parties have managed to significantly expand cooperation. This was largely due to the adopted strategy of Belarus in the field of intellectual property for 2012-2020.

‘Today’s visit gives us the opportunity to evaluate the results achieved, exchange views on global trends and set ambitious goals for the future,’ Sergey Rumas said.

He added that a modern national system of legal protection of intellectual property objects that meets the highest international standards was created in Belarus thanks to the cooperation with the WIPO: ‘Every year we receive more than 5,000 international applications for registration of trademarks and inventions from foreign applicants’. The volumes of foreign investments entering the country indicate the attractiveness of the Belarusian market for foreign companies, as well as the effective work of the intellectual property protection system, the Prime Minister stressed. According to Sergey Rumas, it would be impossible to achieve such results without a close cooperation with the WIPO.

‘We are interested in continuing the cooperation to improve the Belarusian legislation,’ the Prime Minister stressed. He informed that Belarus pays a special attention to the development of the innovative infrastructure in the field of high technologies: ‘For more than 10 years, we have successfully developed the High Technology Park. Today it is one of the leading clusters in Central and Eastern Europe.’ Another large cluster is Velikiy Kamenh, the Chinese-Belarusian industrial park. Today it already has 44 residents. The volume of announced investments exceeds 1 billion USD. The main objective of the park is to attract and develop advanced technologies.

‘We understand that we must meet the high requirements of not even today, but tomorrow, therefore, the key task for us is training, and here we also look forward to working closely with the WIPO,’ Sergey Rumas said.

‘We are interested in the development of a network of technology and innovation support centers, the implementation of a national project in the field of intellectual property for higher education institutions and scientific organizations and the introduction of new information platforms into the activities of the National Center for Intellectual Property with a view to increasing its efficiency. We count on the wider participation of our specialists in WIPO educational programs, since we are faced with the task of preparing specialists who are able to manage an innovative product.’

The cooperation with WIPO is also important for Belarus from the point of view of completing the process on the country's accession to the WTO, the head of government added. ‘We are at the final stage, and your recommendations on resolving intellectual property issues in this system are very important for us. We look forward to enhancing the exchange of experience and support of WIPO,’ he said. In general, Sergey Rumas expressed the hope that after the current visit of the Director of the WIPO, Belarus’s cooperation with this organization will reach a higher level.

In turn, Francis Gurry expressed gratitude to Belarus for the constructive cooperation and contribution that the country makes to the work of the WIPO: ‘These are difficult times for any international organizations, therefore we need a support and a constant participation of Belarus.’

WIPO is an international organization that coordinates the international cooperation in the field of intellectual property. The headquarters is in Geneva. WIPO members are 192 states. The main objectives of the organization are to promote the protection of intellectual property rights through state cooperation and the implementation of administrative functions under international agreements in the field of intellectual property. WIPO provides Belarus with a significant assistance in the development of the national intellectual property system. The main areas of cooperation are the improvement of the legislation of Belarus in accordance with international standards, the development of national infrastructure, the introduction of new information technologies and the training of specialists.