193. Our 2022 report document IP/C/R/TC/CHE/3 describes Switzerland's technical cooperation and capacity building activities. Switzerland is pleased to announce that it is currently partner to 12 technical cooperation bilateral projects across different regions in the field of IP. Whereas the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs is the main funder of the majority of projects through its Global Program for Intellectual Property Rights (GPIPR) set up in 2018, the Swiss Federal IP Institute implements the GPIPR. 194. Let me please recall that the GPIPR supports developing and least developed countries, as well as emerging economies, in developing an efficient and effective system for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. This aims to promote economic developments, and assist our partners in the implementation of their rights and obligations under the TRIPS Agreement. Two examples of specific projects are described in a more detailed manner in our report of this year. 195. One project is the Swiss – South African IP Project, which began in 2020. Among the activities that have already been carried out, there have been workshops for patent examiners and collecting societies, and a report on the use of compulsory licenses in Switzerland for South African policymakers was published. Another report on considerations relevant for the development of a GI strategy is underway. 196. The other project, which has started this year, is the Tunisian – Swiss IP Project. Its objective is to contribute to entrepreneurs, creators, researchers and producers in Tunisia benefitting from effective IP protection. For instance, the review of the laws relating to IP rights is one of the paths used to achieve the project's objective. 197. Switzerland continues its efforts to be a reliable partner in delivering technical assistance in the field of IP and to contribute through its technical cooperation projects, among others, to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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