The meeting of the WIPO’s Policy Advisory Commission (PAC) in Sinaia, Romania - November 14, 2003

At the invitation of President Ion Iliescu, members of WIPO’s Policy Advisory Commission (PAC) (list available) discussed the importance of cultural industries to national economies and the strategic exploitation of intellectual property for development. Dr. Kamil Idris, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), noted that the PAC "has become a fundamental part of the fabric of … the intellectual property protection system" and thanked President Iliescu for the generous invitation to host the PAC meeting which in bringing together such eminent individuals, clearly demonstrated the growing importance of intellectual property for economic growth and wealth creation.

In addressing the Commission, President Iliescu underlined the importance of WIPO’s leading role in promoting the strategic use of IP to promote social, economic and cultural development and outlined his country’s commitment to the use of IP to further national strategic economic objectives and referred, in particular, to the recent adoption by the Romanian Government of a national IP strategy.

Bilateral Meeting - At a meeting on the sidelines of the PAC, the strategic importance of intellectual property in promoting national economic objectives was the focus of talks between President Ion Iliescu and Dr. Kamil Idris who agreed on the importance of the intellectual property system in advancing a country’s national economic strategy. The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mircea Geoana, also participated in the meeting.

President Iliescu outlined his country’s commitment to the use of intellectual property to promote sustainable national economic, social and cultural development and made particular reference to the Romanian Government’s adoption on November 13 of a national IP strategy. President Iliescu also underlined the importance of developing Romania’s knowledge and cultural assets to promote sustained economic growth and improve Romania’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

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