Director General Tang Meets President of Georgia, Pledges WIPO’s Support

October 14, 2021

Director General Daren Tang pledged WIPO’s support to Georgia in a meeting with the country’s president, Salome Zourabichvili.

Director General Tang and President Zourabichvili discussed a range of issues in their meeting, including Georgia’s rich historical cultural traditions, Mr. Tang said.

Director General Tang pledged WIPO’s continuing support for Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), women entrepreneurs and youth while “generally using IP not just as a legal tool, but as a very powerful catalyst and enabler for jobs, for investments, for business growth, for economic development and social vibrancy,” he said.

Video: WIPO Director General Daren Tang confers with President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili.

“I look forward to working very closely with you to support your country as you take it to the next stage of your growth,” said Mr. Tang. “WIPO is here to stand with you as you journey onward.”

President Zourabichvili expressed her pleasure with the results of her meeting with Director General Tang and said it is another sign of the importance of cooperation with WIPO. She said the discussion touched on further strengthening ties around IP education, including at a university level, among other topics.

“With all this, we will help our economy, our youth, women and SMEs to protect our products better, facilitating better export,” said President Zourabichvili.

Georgia joined WIPO in 1991 and actively participates in the work of WIPO standing committees and working groups. Georgia is a strong promoter, in particular, of the International System of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (Lisbon System), and has accorded special attention to the protection of its famous geographical indications including wines, cheese and mineral waters.