The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon Mawine G. Diggs addresses the Sixty-second assemblies of Member States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The commerce minister recommitted Liberia’s effort to the global effort for the protection and promotion of Intellectual Property.
Minister Diggs named the establishment of Liberia’s first-ever collection Management Organization that enables the implementation and distribution of royalties for right holders in all genres of copyright as a milestone achievement.
She pointed out that Liberia has developed its IP Development roadmap.
Minister Diggs is expected to participate in a high-level launch of study meeting with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of WTO, Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of ITC, and other Stakeholders at the WTO headquarters.
WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information, and cooperation, which is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.
The mission of WIPO is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. The mandate, governing bodies, and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.
In a related development, Minister Diggs held bilateral talks with Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Sziijarto, discussing enhancement cooperation through Trade between the two countries in the areas of Information Technology, energy, and water. The Commerce Minister is however accompanied by Charge’ d’ Affaires (en pied), Liberia’s Permanent Mission to Geneva, and the United Nations Office, Mr. Paul Tate