Dominican Republic Joins WIPO

Geneva, March 27, 2000
Press Releases PR/2000/212

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, welcomed on Monday, the accession by the Dominican Republic to the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Convention). The instrument of accession of the Dominican Republic was deposited with the Director General by Mr. Luis Manuel Bonetti, Minister for Industry and Commerce.

The Minister was accompanied by Mr. Miguel Angel Heredia, Vice-Minister for Industry and Commerce, Mr. Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations Office in Geneva and Mrs. Ysset Román Maldonado, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs of the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

The Dominican Republic is already a member of four treaties administered by WIPO, namely, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source of Goods and the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations.

On Monday evening, Mr. Bonetti and Dr. Idris also opened an exhibition of paintings by contemporary artists from the Dominican Republic entitled "Artistas Dominicanos, Varias Generaciones." The exhibition demonstrates the range of creativity, diversity and color that characterizes the art scene in the Dominican Republic. The exhibition, which is being held at WIPO headquarters, is open to the public and will run until Friday, April 7, 2000.

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