205. Thank you Chair for providing the opportunity for New Zealand to speak to our technical cooperation activities under Article 67. The report, document IP/C/R/TC/NZL/1, identifies three avenues through which New Zealand provides technical cooperation and capacity building to developing and least developed Members. 206. The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) provides on-going technical assistance on request to developing and least developed countries. New Zealand will continue to support future work, on request, to improve the intellectual property systems of developing countries. IPONZ hosts delegations and study visits from developing and least developed countries to provide practical training and knowledge sharing. 207. New Zealand has been a member of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) since 1981. As we all know, a key element of UPOV is cooperation between member states and the harmonisation of testing and examination activity. 208. The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) mandates a programme of technical assistance activities to assist AANZFTA Parties to operationalise and implement the Agreement. Until June 2022 this was known as the AANZFTA Economic Cooperation Support Programme (AECSP). Projects funded by the AECSP are available to all ten ASEAN member States. Numerous projects focus on Intellectual property. Including: a. Assistance for ASEAN member States to accede to the Madrid Protocol and implement its post-accession, facilitating trademark registration regionally and globally. b. Projects to strengthen ASEAN member States' institutional capacity to design and adopt a high-quality, consistent, and sustainable approach to patent examination and tailored training. c. Development of a Regional Intellectual Property Public Education and Awareness Strategy and a pool of resources to raise awareness of AANZFTA business communities and IP creators about strategic IP management. 209. We hope the information provided today and in the report is helpful for Members in understanding the work New Zealand does in the implementation of Article 67.
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