Islamabad: Representatives of WIPO’s 184 member states, meeting at their annual Assemblies took a landmark decision to call a diplomatic conference to agree an international treaty on the rights of performers in their audiovisual performances.
They took stock of the Organization’s substantive work over the last year, provided direction for the future work program, stated this by Chairman Intellectual Property Organization IPO-Pakistan Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi here on Thursday while talking to representatives of different business and trade related Organizations at IPO Headquarter, Islamabad.
Talking on the occasion Mr. Afridi said that heads of regional groups and individual member states, also welcomed the outcome of the Assemblies and the positive spirit among member states. Regional groups specifically underlined the decisions to convene a diplomatic conference on the rights of performers in their audiovisual performances, renewal of the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).
Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has said that in accordance with the deliberations of various activities carried out at international forum, functioning of IPO-Pakistan would be streamlined by adopting appropriate measures aimed to provide a solid base of economic development in the country.
He stressed the need for establishing a piracy free culture in the society by paying respect to intellectual property rights of each other’s and said that, this gesture would develop a healthy atmosphere of economic development and prosperity in the country.
He further said that it is the prerogative of IPO-Pakistan to protect the rights of manufacturers as well as consumers by allowing only legal business practices and taking action against violation of IP laws.
He said we are committed to boost economic activities and it could not be happened without the strict implementation of relevant laws and code of ethics. He reiterated his affirm that Pakistan would be made a competitive market for all business entrepreneurs by safeguarding their interests and protecting legal rights. He informed that a number of initiatives are in progress for capacity building of concerned officials and refresher course are being conducted to up-date the knowledge of stakeholders.
Chairman IPO-Pakistan said that current critical economic conditions need immediate attention and all matters relating to the trade and commerce sectors required to be resolved on priority basis because we can only overcome the gigantic issues of poverty, unemployment and backwardness by expansion of economic activities.
He lauded the role of Chambers of Commerce and Industries in national development and said that all avenues would be explored to encourage industrialization in the country and favourable environment should be provided for increasing exports by safeguarding the IP rights.
Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi said that trade and commerce is the back bone of our economy and if we should concentrate to develop business promotions infrastructure by involving all concerned segments of society, we can explore new avenues of job opportunities and investment in Pakistan.
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