For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan celebrated World Intellectual Property Day today in a sign of Afghanistan’s commitment to the intellectual property rights that protect artistic works and technological inventions.
Spearheaded by the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated on April 26 every year worldwide. With April 26 falling on Afghanistan’s weekend this year, the event was held two days earlier at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.
Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries Mozammil Shinwari opened the ceremony and discussed the importance of intellectual property in driving innovation and creativity in today’s society. With USAID support, Afghanistan is in the midst of establishing laws to protect intellectual property and align the country with international best practices. The establishment and enforcement of intellectual property laws is a vital part of Afghanistan’s journey toward accession to the World Trade Organization, which is expected in 2014.
“Intellectual property is a necessary component to facilitating trade,” said Deputy Minister Shinwari. “We’re hoping that draft intellectual property laws will be approved in Parliament. Then our next focus will be the enforcement of the intellectual property laws.”
Other government dignitaries who attended the celebration included Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Mobariz Rashidi and officials from the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
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