WIPO. The Working Group subsequently met in May and reached consensus on a policy on mandates of Directors General of WIPO.
Executive Office of the Director General
The Executive Office of the Director General maintained close and efficient contact with the Member States, as well as effective collaboration with all the departments within the Secretariat. The Director General initiated or continued management and organizational restructuring, and the modernization of management techniques and facilities, aimed at improving the efficiency and productivity of the Secretariat, and the capacity of the Director General to effect new policies, directions, and functions.
The Director General consolidated the practice of consulting closely with the coordinators of groups of Member States to inform them of developments at WIPO and to seek their advice on major, new or pending issues. In addition, the Director General initiated the practice of convening informal consultations with all Member States, under the presidence of the Chair of the WIPO General Assembly, to brief the Member States in advance of formal meetings and to seek their advice. Such informal consultations were held on three occasions prior to the adoption of the 1998-99 Program and Budget, as well as on other issues, such as premises.
The Industry Advisory Commission was in the advanced stage of planning. Extensive consultations were held both with Member States and with industry on the composition of the Commission. The composition should be nearing finalization in September 1998, allowing the first meeting of the Commission to be convened before the end of the year.
The Policy Advisory Commission was being organized in concert with the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development. A list of potential Commission members was identified and, with the help of a consultant, an agenda for the first meeting was developed. Background documents were being developed.