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Ambassador Vanu Gopala Menon (Singapore)
World Trade Organization
K.ii Joint Initiative
176. The representative of the Secretariat said that the information on activities under the Joint Initiative over the last year had been summarized in paragraph 8 of document IP/C/W/406 entitled "WTO Secretariat Technical Cooperation in the TRIPS Area". The WTO and WIPO Secretariats were planning to hold a joint national seminar in Chad in December 2003. Further joint national seminars were planned in Uganda and Ethiopia in December 2003, and in Djibouti and Niger in January 2004. He noted that the Joint Initiative was only one part of the WTO Secretariat's technical cooperation activities and recalled that he had already referred to certain other plans for the next year under agenda item I. Finally, he informed the Council that the WIPO and WTO Secretariats had organized on the previous day a Joint Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights and Transfer of Technology.