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UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to the “noble cause” of United Nations peacekeeping, the world body’s flagship activity that helps countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.


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WASHINGTON, March 27 (APP): The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday approved immediate release of $ 501.4 million tranche for Pakistan as the Fund’s Executive Board completed the sixth review of Pakistan’s economic performance.


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Pakistan committed to strengthen Intellectual property rights: Hameed Afridi PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, June 27 (APP): Intellectual Property Organization  (IPO)-Pakistan is committed to trengthening Intellectual Property Rights laws and legislation in this regard is being done through  parliament to promote businesses and restore the confidences of the investors in the country. This was stated by Chairman IPO-Pakistan Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi  while addressing the media consultants forum on Intellectual Property Programme Rights (IPR), and the European Union (EU) funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) Programme here.  Director General IPO Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta, Executive Director Umardad Afridi and media representatives also attended the forum.

The exclusive Media Interactive Session was organized on the eve of visit of Mansur Raza, Deputy Director, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)- Asia pacific region.
Afridi told the participants that IPO-Pakistan has moved into  high gear by initiating sold steps for IP infrastructure development, capacity building and promoting linkages with all the stakeholders.
Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi apprised the participants about the major achievements of IPO-Pakistan in connection with approval of IPO Ordinance 2012, Digitized Publication of Trademark Journal, announcement of Benazir Hall of Fame, bringing IP registries under one roof, signing of agreements with research and business representative organizations, opening of IPO facilitation desks,establishment of dedicated IP tribunals, formulation of IP policy board.
He said with the support of European Union and TRTA II Programme, implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in association with WIPO, a number of professionals nominated by the stakeholders were imparted advance training about IP related matters which has helped to improve their managerial and technical skills.
He also informed about the administrative and legal reforms  adopted to update the service delivery system according to the required standard besides initiating consultation process with stakeholders for signing patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Madrid Protocol with the objective to facilitate the business community and IP right holders in becoming more competitive and obtaining greater benefits from their IP assets.
The Chairman IPO said protection of property rights must be  enforced by the enforcement agencies to encourage foreign and local investors.
In this regard, he said an international enforcement agencies conference will be held here in collaboration with Ministry of Interior soon to further strengthen the enforcement of IPO laws for the benefit of the country.
Highlighting the importance of IPO-Pakistan , he said that this organization was necessary to promote business and restore investors confidence for the socio economic development of the country.
He informed that participants that IPO-Pakistan offices would soon be established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces to facilitate the businesses registration and protect their property rights in the country.
He on the occasion thanked EU , WIPO for their support and cooperation in the promotion of Intellectual property rights in the country.
He expressed the hope that through strengthening of IPO-Pakistan and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights laws would boost image of the country at global level besides boosting national economy.
Sajjad Bhutta, talking to media correspondents said that all  possible opportunities were being explored to make IPO a vibrant organization by ensuring active participation of stakeholders.
He said that after brain storming sessions with experts, a national policy framework is being prepared to promote the core functions of IP.
He also mentioned the cooperation of EU, WIPO and IP sister organizations to enhance the working capabilities of IP professionals in Pakistan.
Sajjad Bhutta asked the IP related persons and organizations to  join hands with IPO Pakistan to contribute for public awareness and IP rights protection in the country.
Mansur Raza responding to questions clarified that WIPO is providing financial and technical support to all the member countries for capacity building and institutional strengthening.
He appreciated the contributions of IPO-Pakistan for initiating  positive steps for effective coordination among the stakeholders besides active participation in all the international forums.
He also thanked the EU for financing the important TRTA II programme.
 

 

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