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Ambassador C. Trevor Clarke (Barbados)
B.i Follow-up to reviews already undertaken
8. The Chairman said that, with regard to the reviews of national implementing legislation that had been initiated at the Council's meetings since April 2001, eight reviews still remained on the Council's agenda. These reviews concerned Cuba; Fiji; Grenada; Mauritius; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; and Swaziland. As requested by the Council at its last meeting, the Secretariat had written to the delegations in question to remind them of the outstanding questions. 9. The Secretariat had received a communication from Suriname, in which it had indicated that its Draft Law on Industrial Property was still with Parliament for approval. A draft law on copyright had been prepared, and it was still working on a draft law on neighbouring rights. Consequently, Suriname had indicated that it was still not in a position to provide responses to the questions posed to it in the context of the review, and that it wished to ensure that it would make every effort to submit all the outstanding material before the Council's next meeting.