WIPO General Assembly
Thirty-Ninth Series of Meetings


by Mr. Petru DUMITRIU
Chargé d'affaires a.i.
on behalf of the Group of the Central European and Baltic States

Geneva, 22 September 2003

Let me start by expressing our appreciation on the way in which WIPO has conducted its policy agenda and carried out its planned activities. The Organization has put forward and implemented projects and initiatives which, on one side, have met the needs and expectations of the member- states, and, on the other side, have streamlined WIPO's transition from a regulatory body into an Organization with an integrated vision, where intellectual property is seen as a tool for development.

Our regional group wishes to highlight the personal contribution of Dr. Kamil IDRIS to the dynamic performance of the organization. Indeed, the vision of the Director General presented at the 14th extraordinary session of the General Assembly would allow WIPO to take up new challenges and pursue an even more ambitious agenda.

Taking into consideration the role of intellectual property in the knowledge- based economy WIPO is constantly called upon to extend its contribution in a world of increased complexity. The range of issues on its agenda reflects its commitment and ability to assist countries in their social and economic development. Indeed, in recent years, WIPO has gained much visibility in the multilateral system and enhanced its role. We encourage Dr. Idris to continue these endeavours and further improve WIPO's records during his second term of office.

Over the last period significant attention has been given to issues that are of particular interest and concern to the countries in our region. The modernization of our intellectual property systems, as well as their use for the economic and social development have been well addressed, taking duly into account existing realities and sensitivities.

We have embarked upon new fields and forms of cooperation. Under the current policy framework and working modalities, our countries can pursue even better motivated goals in the future - further develop their intellectual property systems, actively participate in the international cooperation in enhancing both the international IPR system and the benefit sharing from the existing regimes, raise the level of awareness in our societies on the importance of the Intellectual Property rights and assets and contribute to the development of the IPR system within the Organization itself. We hope that our countries will further receive appropriate attention and assistance in future.

At the same time, we do believe that a more balanced regional representation is required through various bodies of WIPO. The specific needs and also the unique experience of our region could be better taken advantage of, with an enhanced participation of its representatives, especially in the Senior Management Team and the WIPO Academy.

WIPO responded adequately to the concerns of the Member States of our regional Group by providing assistance for the modernization of intellectual property systems, with the aim of creating sustainable national intellectual property institutions, as well as assistance to bring the legislation into conformity with international obligations.

Various activities have been carried out with the aim to strengthen the capacity of the national intellectual property systems, to ensure efficient participation in the international registration regimes and facilitate accession to the WIPO administered treaties. The countries of the group have continued the process of accession to the WIPO-administered treaties and are parties to most of them.

As it is emphasized in the new paradigm proposed by the Director General for WIPO future activities, intellectual property is a powerful tool for development and wealth creation. In this regard we would like to note the importance of activities linked to the economic use of intellectual property and the empowerment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in order to enhance their competitiveness through the effective use of the intellectual property system. In the Central European and Baltic states region, SMEs continue to be the most dynamic economic sectors and a source of innovation and technological development.

We ought to mention the importance of the WIPO Worldwide Academy activities for our region, which have become important for the human resources development. These activities have gained more and more attention and enjoyed growing support in the region.

The challenges facing intellectual property in the 21st century require intensified cooperation with all key players in the international arena: the States, the private sector, and the international and non-governmental organizations.

The group encourages the Director General to continue applying an all-inclusive approach taking into account the means and the interests of all constituencies. We are determined to bring out our own specific contribution to this effect.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman!

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