WIPO Director General Visits Indonesia, Meets President
September 19, 2017
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry met on September 19, 2017 with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) of the Republic of Indonesia during an official visit to Jakarta to discuss bilateral relations, as well as an innovation-based strategy to promote economic development in Indonesia.
The meeting - also attended by top officials including the Minister of Industry, Minister of Law and Human Rights and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs – covered WIPO’s support for the formulation of a national intellectual property strategy for Indonesia. This initiative is aimed to support the current efforts of the Indonesian Government to transform the economy with innovation-driven and knowledge-based growth trajectories. Intellectual property (IP) promotion will play a key role in this process.
The Director General and President Jokowi also discussed cooperation in various areas of IP, including Indonesia's accession to the international trademark system administered by WIPO. Indonesia would join 99 other members of the Madrid Union to protect their marks in the System’s other members by filing a single international application and paying a single set of fees. The Madrid System is a key component of protecting marks internationally, offering a convenient and cost-effective solution for brand owners worldwide.
The Director General highlighted the culture-rich creative industries in Indonesia and the potential of leveraging the value of these industries through IP.
President Jokowi expressed appreciation for WIPO’s cooperation with Indonesia and said he looked forward to further strengthening relations between his country and the Organization. Mr. Gurry thanked the President for his country’s constructive engagement with WIPO.
Other meetings during the Director General’s two-day official visit to Jakarta included Minister for Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, Minister for Health Nila Djuwita Anfasa Moeloek, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman M. Fachir and Chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy Triawan Munaf. A high-level conference on the Global Innovation Index was also on the agenda.