|WIPO Director General vows intellectual property support in VN (23/03/2017)
Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Francis Gurry vowed to keep assisting Việt Nam in the intellectual property field at a meeting with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện in Hà Nội on Wednesday.
Gurry said that improved living standards in Asia, including Việt Nam, will push cultural industry forward. Therefore, serious enforcement of intellectual property rights, copyright and related rights, will take rising importance. It will positively impact the cultural industry and economic opportunities brought about by the sector.
On the occasion, the guest expressed his wish that Việt Nam will consider joining several WIPO pacts, including the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.
Minister Thiện, for his part, informed the guest that the Vietnamese Government approved a strategy to develop cultural industries until 2020 with a vision to 2030.
He assured that the concerned Vietnamese agencies will widely disseminate legal regulations on intellectual property and copyright to the public.
The minister hopes that the WIPO will continue providing support for Việt Nam in the field, especially in the training of quality personnel.
Though Việt Nam is yet to join the Beijing Treaty and Marrakesh Treaty, its Law on Intellectual Property contains terms similar to the two treaties.
The Việt Nam Composers’ Association is the first organisation in the country to establish the Việt Nam Centre for Protection of Music Copyright. The Association for Protection of Performing Artists in Việt Nam and the Recording Industry Association of Việt Nam were born later.