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China And Africa to Deepen Cooperation in Fields of Intellectual Property And Medicine
    2008-06-21 13:24:20     CRIENGLISH.com

Intellectual property officials from China and Africa have agreed to deepen cooperation efforts to protect traditional culture and medicine. Our reporter Liu Yan has the details.

During a five-day conference on intellectual property protection in Beijing, delegates from 16 African countries held thorough discussions with their Chinese counterparts on issues like intellectual property policy-making and the training of professionals.

Tian Lipu, director of the State Intellectual Property Office, indicated that this was the first time for intellectual organizations from China and Africa to have concrete cooperation.

"Strengthening Sino-African cooperation in the intellectual property field will not only benefit people from China and Africa, but also promote prosperity and development worldwide."

Intellectual property authorities from African countries acknowledged that China has made great progress in protecting intellectual property, adding that it has a lot of experience they can borrow from.

Gift Huggins Sibanda is the Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization.

"It is commonly known that China has already developed a lot in this field and has come up with a very powerful database in the field of traditional knowledge. Africa is also trying to build its own database of traditional knowledge."

Both China and Africa are origins of human civilizations with abundant cultural heritages. Because of recent developments in Africa's herbal medicine industry, Mariama Seray Kallay, an intellectual property official from Sierra Leone, says they are eager to learn from China how to protect traditional medicines.

"For African countries in particular, protecting traditional medicines and medical knowledge as a whole is very very much important to us now."

Last year, China's State Intellectual Property Office signed cooperation deals with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization. And this year's conference is a step further in the implementation of the agreed upon deals. In the future, training programs and exchange activities will be held regularly between the two sides.

Liu Yan, CRI news.




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