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Ambassador Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Uruguay)
33. The representative of Australia, reporting to the Council on two technical cooperation activities her delegation had been involved with recently, first drew Members' attention to an Australian "Informal Survey of Notification and Review of National Intellectual Property Laws under the WTO TRIPS Agreement". Hard copies of this survey had been distributed to all Geneva missions in December 1999. It was also available on the Internet. The survey had been undertaken to support developing countries in preparing for the notification and review process after the obligations for which the general transitional period under Article 65.2 expired in 2000 had become effective. The general observations in the survey illustrated how in practice notification and review had been used to fulfil the intended purpose of promoting transparency under Article 63. The survey had been intended both to draw on the experience of others in such a way as to ease the burden of notification and review for developing countries and also to help facilitate the beneficial flow of information about national intellectual property systems. 34. Secondly, she referred to a statement on cooperation for intellectual property technical assistance in the Asia/Pacific region, which had recently been issued jointly by the Director General of WIPO and three Australian Government Ministers. The statement reaffirmed Australia's commitment to technical cooperation, which was coordinated so as to serve more effectively the identified needs of its intended beneficiaries. During his recent visit to Australia, Dr. Idris had opened the WIPO/Australia Regional Symposium on the Strategic Management of Intellectual Property in the 21st Century, which had been attended by over 100 representatives from some 30 countries of the Asia/Pacific region. This symposium had underscored the fact that strategic management of intellectual property was emerging as one of the key factors in ensuring that the economic and social benefits of intellectual property protection were widely available within the framework of the TRIPS Agreement and had explored practical ways of securing these benefits.