191. The Secretariat said that, under the Joint Initiative, the WIPO and the WTO Secretariats had organized, in cooperation with the relevant national authorities, joint national seminars in Cotonou, Benin, on 18-19 March and in Bamako, Mali, on 24-25 March. These national seminars were part of the WTO technical assistance plan. He took the opportunity to thank the authorities of Benin and Mali, as well as the International Bureau of WIPO, for cooperation in these events. The two Secretariats were discussing the organization of other national workshops or seminars in the coming months to respond to other requests that had been made for technical assistance within the framework of the Joint Initiative, taking account, of course, of their human resources constraints, especially in the period running up to the Ministerial Conference at Cancún.