Cablegate: Egypt: Demarche On Wipo Ipr and Development

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 56991

1. Post delivered reftel demarche to senior-level officials
in the following ministries and agencies responsible for
intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and policy:
Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry; Ministry of Foreign
Affairs; Ministry of Culture; Ministry of Communications and
Information Technology; and the Academy of Scientific

2. The following response was received on April 7 from Ghada
Howaidy, Director of International Relations at the Ministry
of Communications and Information Technology.

3. Begin text of response.

I would like to thank you for sharing with the Ministry the
U.S. views on the special session of the World Intellectual
Property Organization (WIPO), which is scheduled from April
11 to 13. We have forwarded these views to the Information
Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA), the
Ministry-affiliated authority concerned with IPR. Although
ITIDA noted that they are lacking all background documents
and agenda of this meeting, they thoroughly reviewed the U.S.
views shared with the Ministry and responded as follows:

- ITIDA agrees with the U.S. views concerning the WIPO.
- The U.N. system with the current WIPO legal framework, and
the existing WIPO bodies should be sufficient to address
IPR-related development issues.
- Attention and work should focus on mobilizing the existing
Permanent Committee for Intellectual Property and Development
in order to handle its responsibilities.
ITIDA would like to get information and support on how to be
a member of the Permanent Committee for Intellectual Property
and Development.

Again, I would like to thank you for sharing this document
with us and we hope for a continued cooperation between Egypt
and the U.S. Government in this area.

4. End text of response.

5. Comment: As noted above, the demarche was delivered to
various government entities involved in IPR protection. The
views of the Ministry of Communications and Information
Technology do not represent the views of the entire Egyptian
Government. We expect there will be differences of opinion
among the various agencies and will report on any additional
responses. End comment.

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