Organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office), the symposium on Capacity Building in the Field of Copyright and Related Rights was held on April 24 and 25, 2012 in the office of IPO Philippines in Bonifacio Global City.
IPOPHL Director General Ricardo Blancaflor gave the opening address with the invitation for the participants to visit our beaches and have a taste of our fruits. The Director General also hosted a dinner after
the first day’s session.
Attended by delegates from the Asia-Pacific Region, the symposium aimed to facilitate an exchange of experiences for each participating country’s IPO offices.
The speakers from left: Scot Morris of Australia, Satoshi Tsuzuki of Japan, Mrs. Gao Hang of WIPO, Geneva and Ang Kwee Tiang of CISAC.
Mrs. Gao Hang of WIPO spoke at length on the progress of the standing committee on copyright and related rights. Stressing the need for capacity building of the CMOs was Mr. Scot Morris of Australasian Performing Right Association of Sydney.
CMO is the collective management organization that handles the collection of royalties for stakeholders such as musicians, performers and producers of artistic works. FILSCAP (Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is one example of a CMO.
Mr. Ang Kwee Tiang of CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) gave an insight on the recent growth and development of copyright and related rights in the Asia-Pacific region.
Satoshi Tsuzuki of Japan, IPOPHIL Director General Ricardo Blancaflor, Manisekaran Amasi of WIPO, Geneva
The organizing committee was headed by IPOPHL Director Carmen Peralta with the assistance of Atty. Louie Calvario. Ms. Peralta delved on the practices, experiences and challenges on capacity building of copyright and related rights.
Satoshi Tsuzuki of JCO (Japan Copyright Office) shared Japan’s experience on the practices and approaches in providing capacity building programs. JCO is a co-sponsor of this international event.
Acting as moderator in the country reports was Manisekaran Amasi, the consultant for Copyright Development Services Division of WIPO, Geneva. There was a total of 18 countries participating.
Souvenir photo of the participants, speakers and special guests
The participants were Mrs. Sahela AKTER of Bangladesh, Bhutan’s Ms. Tshering WANGMO, Cambodia’s Piseth SIEK, Ms. ZHANG Yu of China, Fiji’s Sharvada Nand SHARMA and India’s Suresh CHAND and Yogesh PAI;
Anton Edward WARDHANA and Yudi HARIANTO of Indonesia, LAO’s Phommala NANTHAVONG, Mrs. Siti Salwa JH GHAZALI and Ms. Mawar Hartini MD MAZLAN of Malaysia;
Representing Maldives was Ms. Sinanath HASHIM. Mongolia has Lkhagvasurn BYAMBAJAV and Mrs. Myagmardorj ERDENEBAYAR. Myanmar’s delegate was Ms. Aye Mon WIN while Nepal was represented by SIGDEL Rajendra.
The other delegates were Shakil Ahmed ABBASI of Pakistan, Ms. Marianna ELLINGSON of Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka’s Ms. Himasha Rasanjalee WIMALARATNE.
Also in attendance were Thailand’s Ms. Vipatboon KLAOSOONTORN and Ms. Kemasiri NITCHAKORN, and Vietnam’s Mrs. Than Minh NGUYEN and Mrs. Thi Ngoc Ha NGUYEN.
Debbie Gaite of FILSCAP, Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, looking on is Violinist John Lesaca
Guest participant for the Philippines was Congressman Rufus Rodriguez. The affair was also attended by some luminaries in the music industry namely Noel Cabangon, John Lesaca and Nonoy Tan.
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