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The Director of the SPPD is a member of all these Task Forces that met at least once a month.  These Task Forces will be transformed into Policy Overview Committees (POC) on specific subjects.

Sub-program 02.2

External Relations

The Director of the SPPD was present whenever the Director General received high-level government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.  He also accompanied the Director General on missions to Japan, Kenya, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and the United States of America; these missions included a visit to the headquarters of the African Regional Industrial Property Office (ARIPO), in Harare, Zimbabwe.   All were opportunities for launching or renewing dialogues with leaders of those countries, both in government and relevant private sectors, and for strengthening mutual support and common interests.

Meetings were held at WIPO headquarters and a mission to New York considered measures to strengthen the WIPO Coordination Office. That Office is expected to be fully operational by late June 1998 and will carry out important functions, such as enhancing the relations between the United Nations in New York and WIPO, and promoting WIPO in the hemisphere, particularly in the private sector, which is the prime user of the PCT.

Sub-program 02.3

Cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO)

WIPO officials, including from the SPPD, attended meetings of the WTO General Council, the TRIPS Council, and the WTO Ministerial Meeting (Geneva May 18 - 20, 1998). WIPO officials also attended the 50th anniversary of the multilateral trading system on April 30, 1998, at WTO headquarters, at which a statement by the Director General on WIPO and cooperation with WTO was circulated.

WTO representatives participated actively in TRIPS-related meetings, seminars and training courses organized by WIPO during the period (Programs 06 and 08).  Cooperation between the two Organizations was thus enhanced, especially after meetings for that purpose were held between officials from both organizations.

On-going consultations and preparations were being conducted by both Organizations for the planned WIPO/WTO Joint Symposium on “The Process of Implementation of the TRIPS Agreement,” which is scheduled to take place on September 16, 1998, at WIPO headquarters.

Sub-program 02.4

Cooperation with the United Nations and Interagency Affairs

Expand the range and enhance the impact of cooperation with other elements of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations and agencies, for which WIPO officials participated in a number of meetings:

-the Inter-Agency Committee on Sustainable Development in New York (February 1998);

-the Organizational Committee and the Administrative Committee on Coordination in Geneva (March 1998);

-the International Consultation on Culture of Peace, organized by UNESCO in Paris (March 1998);

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