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On July 21, the High-level Conference on IP for Countries Along the "Belt and Road" jointly held by SIPO, SAIC, National Copyright Administration, Ministry of Commerce, Beijing Municipal Government and WIPO was initiated in Beijing. The China's State councilor Wang Yong, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry attended the event and gave a speech respectively.

SIPO Commissioner Shen Changyu, Malaysia Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Secretary General Jamil Bin Salleh, H.E. GCC Assistance Secretary General for Economic and Development Affairs Abullahjuma Al Shibli, delivered a speech on the theme of IP importance to Socio- economic development respectively.

The forum was themed of inclusiveness, development, cooperation and mutual benefit. It aimed to implement the proposals of Belt and Road Initiatives, share the experiences of regions and countries in facilitating innovation and economic development by relying on IPRs, step up cooperation in IPR development, infrastructure and improving IP awareness among the public, promote the initiatives in-depth development, and realize the innovation development and prosperity among the countries.  The conference would last for one and a half days, the representatives continued with discussions on such issues as importance of IPR for economic development, the important role of IPR strategy in achieving national development goals and fostering IPR international rules to develop in the direction of mutual benefits, inclusiveness and balance.

More than 300 representatives including 120 foreign guests from IPR authorities of 50 countries and regions along the Belt and Road, WIPO and 18 foreign Embassies in China,  six UN agencies in China, together with 180 Chinese representatives from the member of IPR Inter-Ministerial conference of implementation of national IPR strategy, local IPR authorities, domestic enterprises, IPR agencies and academics attended the meeting.

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