Cambodia Hosts the AEM-WIPO Consultations in Siem Reap

ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) yesterday held a meeting with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Siem Reap province, home to Angkor temples, on the intellectual property in the region.

The meeting was chaired by H.E Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce of Cambodia and H.E. Francis Gurry, WIPO’s Director-General.

According to a press release issued after the meeting, four issues were discussed on the occasion including approaches and practices in the promotion of intellectual property creation, commercialization and protection; policy areas and initiatives in the context of the ASEAN-Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Action Plan 2011-2015; market opportunities and priority areas for action and reform; and use of IPRs and competitiveness.

In the discussion, Cambodia also reviewed the cooperation between Cambodia and WIPO in an effort to integrate the country to the global economy and the world trade system for the sustainable economic growth, the press release said.

The Royal Government of Cambodia also established a national committee for Intellectual property management with 14 different ministries to promote and ensure the special principal related to the intellectual property and boost more cooperation as a member of the World Trade Organization.

During his stay in Siem Reap, H.E. Francis Gurry has been also received by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, and has met with Minister of Commerce H.E. Cham Prasidh, Minister of Industry, Mine, and Energy H.E. Suy Sem, and  Minister of Culture and Fine Art H.E. Him Chhem.

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