Relevant Government Officials Review Progress in Intellectual Property Rights Promotion

Officials from concerned government's bodies have gathered for a national review of Cambodia's commitment with intellectual property rights promotion.

The three-day seminar, from Dec. 4 to 6, was jointly organised by the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) through the financing from Japan Customs Cooperation Fund.

Relevant Cambodian officials from the Department of Customs and Excise and Ministries of Industry and Handicraft, Interior, Commerce, and Culture and Fine Arts attended the session organised here in Phnom Penh.

Director General of Customs and Excise of Cambodia H.E. Kun Nhim who presided over the event emphasised that trade of fake products does not only discourage innovation and creativity, but also impacts health and security of users.

Royal Government of Cambodia, he added, has been taking serious actions against the abuse of intellectual property rights, including regular attention paid to address such incidents along the country's borders.

Lead participating expert from World Customs Organisation Ms. Saori Nojima said that it is important for Cambodia to seek further understanding especially about strategic action plan development, legal tools, management structure as well as necessary infrastructure to combat trade of products violating intellectual property rights � which is indeed the purpose of the seminar.

Taking the opportunity, H.E. Kun Nhim thanked WCO and the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund for their support and sharing that allows concerned government stakeholders to review the work, identifying challenges and solutions, and to update the country's measures.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press