8. The session was opened by Mr. Francis Gurry, Assistant Director General of WIPO, who welcomed the participants on behalf of the Director General.
Election of the officers
9. At its second session, the Committee had elected Mr. Henry Olsson (Sweden) as chair for one year, and Mrs. Homai Saha (India) and Mr. Petru Dumitriu (Romania) as Vice-Chairs for one year. Mr. Olsson and Mrs. Saha accordingly continued to serve in these positions during the third session. Following the reassignment of Mr. Petru Dumitriu, the Delegation of Argentina, on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, nominated Mr. Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika of Zambia to be elected in his place. This nomination was supported by the Delegation of Algeria, on behalf of the African Group, and agreed by the Committee. Mr. Antony Taubman (WIPO) acted as Secretary to the third session of the Committee.