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Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
B Arrangements for Cooperation with WIPO
24. In concluding the agenda item, the Chairman first noted that the discussion had reaffirmed the desire of WTO Members for a close, cooperative and mutually supportive relationship with WIPO. As to the question of WIPO's attendance at meetings of the General Council, he would convey to the Chairman of the General Council a recommendation that this matter be included in the consultations the Chairman of the General Council was holding on the issue of observer status for intergovernmental organizations. The discussion on the substance of cooperation with WIPO and how such cooperation might best be organized had revealed some points of convergence but also some points of divergence and no definite conclusion would seem to be within reach at the present time. Therefore, he proposed to hold informal consultations on these questions.