Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

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(Photo: Singapore Ministry of Information, Communication and Arts)
(Photo: Singapore Ministry of Information, Communication and Arts)

WIPO Director General Makes Official Visit to Singapore

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, on an official visit to Singapore on July 28, discussed issues relating to Asia’s growing importance in the international intellectual property system; WIPO’s capacity building activities in the South East Asian region; climate change and the role of IP; and the role of balanced national IP regimes in promoting development and growth. The Director General and the Prime Minister emphasized the fruitful cooperation between WIPO and Singapore, as evidenced by the recent strengthening of the WIPO Singapore Office.

Mr. Gurry described Singapore as an excellent model for establishing a close correlation between the strategic use of IP and economic development. He added that the WIPO Singapore Office, drawing on Singapore’s excellent infrastructure, would also enable WIPO to engage closely with other countries in the region, understand their needs and provide targeted and effective development assistance.

Earlier in the day, the Director General signed an agreement with Singapore to establish the Singapore Office of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, and a memorandum of understanding to establish the international WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Scheme for Film Related Disputes to be developed by WIPO and Singapore.

Following the meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr. Gurry delivered an address at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


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