Nov 25
WIPO WORKSHOP IN SINGAPORE by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Nov 25, 2011

With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) recently held a week-long workshop for the benefit of nine Asian countries.

Designed and created by Africans, led by Simon Ouedraogo, the WIPOCOS application is currently being used in 11 countries in Africa since its implementation in June of 2011.


Resource speakers from left: Norwegian Saemund Fiskvik of NORCODE; Candra Darusman, head of WIPO Singapore; Simon Ouedraogo, senior adviser to the Assistant Director General (WIPOCOS project)

The introduction of WIPOCOS (software for Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights) to Southern Asian countries was the idea of WIPO in cooperation with SCAPAR (Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights).


Candra Darusman and Ang Kwee Tiang, stressing a point

Also in the picture are NORCODE (Norwegian Copyright Development Association) and CISAC (Asia-Pacific,. International Confederation of Societies of Authors and. Composers).


From left: Bharat Shakya of Nepal, Norcode rep Saemund Fiskvik, WIPOCOS project manager Boukary Sawadogo, John Lesaca of the Philippines, WIPO Singapore admin staff Kyaw Zaw, Simon Ouedraogo of WIPOCOS Technical head, Baburam Dahal of Nepal

Presided by Candra Darusman, head of WIPO Singapore which served as host of the workshop, the whole day sessions included a full hands-on learning under the guidance of African experts Mr. Ouedraogo, Boukary Sawadogo and Romen Hasha Dube.

Although a resource person on the topic of Collective Management, Saemund Fiskvik of Norcode, claimed that he is also a participant of the technical workshop. CISAC shared their experience thru the courtesy of Ang Kwee Tiang, a lawyer who is regional director of CISAC.


The participants: Vietnamese To Van Long beside the author and John Lesaca of the Philippines. In the foreground are Bhutan representatives Sherub Gyaltshen and Yeshi Lhamo

The participants, representing the CMO (Collective Management Organization) of their countries are:

Bangladesh – Manzurur Rahman
Bhutan – Sherub Gyaltshen and Yeshi Lhamo
Cambodia – Yothin Chhay and Sarady Sin
Indonesia – Djanuar Ishak and Fadiel Adhitya Wardhana
Lao PDR – Aphivath Sombounkhanh and Parita Sengtanthr
Malaysia – Ong Peng Chu and Teoh Chiew Hoon Jean
Nepal – Bharat Shakya and Baburam Dahal
Philippines – John Lesaca and Alex Socorro
Vietnam – To Van Long and Nguyen Duc Thang


Lao PDR delegates Parita Sengtanthr and Aphivath Sombounkhanh. Behind them are Ong Peng Chu and Teoh Chiew Hoon Jean of Malaysia

The main objective of the workshop is to provide technical assistance and moral encouragement to the CMOs with the ultimate aim of inter-connecting the databases of all countries using the WIPOCOS software.


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