Experts from the G15 grouping -the focused country group that works along with G77, which is the largest coalition of developing countries in UN, will conduct their intense sessions in Colombo from 24 April to 25 April, focusing on Intellectual Property (IP) rights of traditional knowledge.
Monday’s Colombo session is a follow up to G15’s 2016 Algeria session on Protection of Intellectual Property (IP) rights of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen is scheduled to open the 24 April session joined by Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha and World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Assistant Director General Minelik Alemu Getahun.
Also on the cards at Colombo session is the review of the historic Ten-Point Plan, unveiled by Minister Bathiudeen and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry in November 2013 in Colombo. The pioneering 10 point plan, during Dr. Gurry’s visit to Sri Lanka in 2013, included proposals around the Madrid Agreement helping Sri Lanka’s innovations base-securing international trademark rights creating the framework for a knowledge based economy.
The Group of Fifteen (G-15) is a grouping of developing countries representing Asia, Africa and Latin America. It strives to formulate and articulate cohesive policy positions in international fora on a number of issues of mutual interest to developing countries. Under the leadership of Sri Lanka, the Group has decided on four areas for focused cooperation; Intellectual Property, Migration and Development, Renewable Energy and Information Communication Technology (ICT). The Foreign Ministers of the Group have also decided to enhance South-South Cooperation and capacity building among the member countries. The G-15 actively engages with international organisations on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The G-15 and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) have worked in collaboration in recent years to enhance capacities and transfer expertise among the member countries, especially in the realm on IP rights associated with traditional knowledge. Sri Lanka is the current Chair of G15.