26 -30 November 2018, Yangon, Myanmar
The WCO National Workshop for Myanmar Customs on border enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) was held on 26-30 November 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). A total of 12 Myanmar Customs officers participated in the Workshop and Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with an expert from Japan Customs, shared their knowledge and practices with the participants and facilitated the discussions.
In order to strengthen the border enforcement, the Myanmar Customs has strived for reviewing its current practices and establishing administrative regulations to implement the international agreement namely WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. The participants from the IPR Working Group and newly established IPR Section of Myanmar Customs intensively discussed provisions and elements to be included in the regulations. The participants also discussed the roles and responsibilities of related sections especially regarding the communication in the IPR border enforcement procedures as well as the capacity building of Customs officers in order to effectively implement the rules and regulations.
Through the workshop, the participants reaffirmed the importance of robust IPR border enforcement whist the procedures themselves do not become barriers to trade and showed their eagerness to continuously commit to the future necessary works for strengthening IPR border enforcement measures at Myanmar Customs.
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