Portugal Makes Extra-Budgetary Contribution to WIPO Capacity Building Projects

Geneva, December 1, 2008

Portugal’s National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) will contribute 100,000 Euros in 2009 to support WIPO’s capacity building activities in African Portuguese speaking countries. A memorandum of understanding was signed to this effect on November 26, 2008, in Geneva between WIPO Director General, Mr. Francis Gurry and INPI President, Mr. António Campinos. 

In a meeting with Mr. Campinos, Mr. Gurry thanked the Portuguese authorities for this contribution for projects designed to enhance the capacity of these countries to take advantage of the intellectual property system for development. A workplan describing specific activities will be established jointly by WIPO and INPI.
The agreement stipulates that Portugal will make this extra-budgetary contribution for assistance projects in support of industrial property offices, building respect for intellectual property, human resource development, facilitating access to technological information and raising awareness of intellectual property. WIPO will match INPI’s contribution with in-kind assistance.
Portuguese speaking countries span over four continents and include Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome-and-Principe and East Timor.
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