HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari has said Qatar is in the process of developing a 'National Intellectual Property Strategy' with the support of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
He said the country is actively participating in many aspects relating to WIPO’s meetings and supports efforts towards reaching an international agreement to protect broadcasters from piracy.
Al-Kuwari reiterated Qatar’s commitment to the development agenda of WIPO and its activities.
The minister hailed World Intellectual Property Organisation’s efforts to reduce the knowledge gap in the international intellectual property system between developed and developing countries, noting that developmental considerations are an integral part of the organisation's work.
He said this following his meeting with Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation on the sidelines of the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
The meeting touched on Qatar’s distinguished relations and partnership with WIPO as well as efforts aimed at bolstering this partnership. Both sides also exchanged views on several topics on the forum agenda.
Al-Kuwari also touched on the main challenges facing WIPO and the increasing pressure as a result of rapid technological changes, globalisation and increasing demand.
He said WIPO also needs to ensure that the intellectual property system achieves its primary objectives in stimulating creativity and encouraging innovation across all countries.