12 -16 November 2018, Vientiane, Laos
The WCO National Workshop for Lao Customs on border enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) was held on 12-16 November 2018 in Vientiane, Laos, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). A total of 12 Lao Customs officers participated in the Workshop and Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with an expert from Japan Customs, moderated the sessions and facilitated the discussion in the Workshop.
The Lao Customs has showed its strong commitment and eagerness to revise the existing administrative regulation for further enhancing the IPR enforcement and the Workshop participants intensively discussed the elements to be added or to be amended thereto. In parallel with the discussion on the revision of the pertinent regulation, the participants also examined the organizational setting required to effectively implement relevant laws and regulation regarding the IPR border enforcement as well as exchanged opinions and views with the representatives from right holders to address existing challenges and identify possible way forward.
The Workshop was concluded with the strong determination of the Lao Customs to continuously work towards enhancing their IPR border enforcement in close cooperation and collaboration with the right holders.
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