China-Africa High-level Seminar on Intellectual Property System and Policies inaugurated

On July 24, jointly hosted by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the China-Africa High-level Seminar on Intellectual Property System and Policies was inaugurated in Guangzhou. Shen Changyu, SIPO Commissioner, Chen Yunxian, Member of CPC Leadership Group of Guangdong People’s Government, Fernando dos Santos, Director General of African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Edward Kwakwa, Senior Director of Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges under WIPO attended the opening ceremony and delivered remarks. Over 30 people including the competent staff from ARIPO and its member states as well as those from some African national authorities on IPR were present at the meeting.

On behalf of Governor Ma Xingrui, Chen Yunxian extended congratulations to the opening of workshop and expressed appreciation to SIPO for its long-time support to IPR work in Guangdong.He said that Guangdong has very close economic exchanges with Africa. It is of great significance for both sides to strengthen cooperation in IPR field, as it will support both sides to communicate and learn each other about IPR system building experience, take part in the development course of international IPR system and push forward the technological innovation and economic development. Guangdong will take this opportunity to further expand mutually beneficial cooperation with African countries on IPR, continuously enhance mutual understanding and broaden consensus in an effort to push IPR cooperation to a new high.

Source: Guangzhou Daily (Chinese version)