||WIPO initiated technical assistance activities on its IPO Business Solutions to a number of offices in the Arab Region where travel restrictions for WIPO apply. These offices are Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and the Syrian Arab Republic. WIPO adopted the train-the-trainer approach to lead its technical assistance whereby focused training to the appointed focal points from the mentioned countries was conducted and trainees were guided to carry on with the deployment activities and subsequently pass on the knowledge on the system to their colleagues at their respective offices, and under overall guidance and remote support from IPOBSD project team. In the said context, WIPO started to coordinate with the said offices on project formulation and outlined resources requirements and timeline for the deployment of WIPO systems.
Under this model, a workshop has been organized by WIPO in Cairo, Egypt in 2016 and a second event in WIPO headquarters in Geneva in 2017 to strengthen the IT administration knowledge of the focal points on IPAS and related modules. It is WIPO’s objective to keep such events as an annual activity to stay connect with the offices operations and outstanding challenges and continue passing the technical knowledge of its systems with new functionalities and enhancements introduced on regular basis.
With the release of IPAS 3.5.0 and WIPO Publish 1.5.0 this year, and under the framework of the IPOBSD work-plan in the Arab Region for 2018, it is proposed to organize a training workshop this year which will focus on training on the upgrade, use and administration of the said releases, demonstrate functionality introduced as well as the utilization of the systems to address offices challenges and general automation requirements.