Apr 21, Colombo: The first ever direct partnering effort by Group of 15 (G15) global grouping with Sri Lanka will commence on Monday (24th April) in capital Colombo.
Experts from the G15, the focused country group that works along with G77, which is the largest coalition of developing countries in UN will conduct their intense sessions in Colombo from 24th to 25th April, focusing on Intellectual Property (IP) rights of traditional knowledge.
Seminar for the G-15 Member Countries on Issues, Options & Experiences in Developing National Policies and Legislation on Intellectual Property & the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions is co-organized by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Government of Sri Lanka & the G-15.
Monday's Colombo session is a follow up to G15's 2016 Algeria session on Protection of Intellectual Property (IP) rights of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen is scheduled to open the Monday session joined by Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha and World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Assistant Director General Minelik Alemu Getahun.
Also on the cards at Colombo session is the review of the historic Ten-Point Plan, unveiled by Minister Bathiudeen and WIPO Director General Dr. Francis Gurry in November 2013 in Colombo. The pioneering 10 point plan, during Dr. Gurry's visit to Sri Lanka in 2013, included proposals around the Madrid Agreement helping Sri Lanka's innovations base-securing international trademark rights creating the framework for a knowledge-based economy.
The G15 comprises Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.