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Morocco Elected Head of WIPO General Assembly

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Morocco Elected Head of WIPO General Assembly

The Kingdom of Morocco was unanimously elected, Thursday in Geneva, as chair of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the 2019-2021 biennium.

With this mandate, to come into force on 10 October, Morocco will be the first Arab country and the second African State, after Nigeria, to preside over the WIPO General Assembly since its creation in 1967.

Morocco was elected in the person of permanent representative of the Kingdom to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, ambassador Omar Zniber, at the 59th session of the WIPO Assemblies.

According to a statement by the Moroccan diplomatic mission in Geneva, this election is "unquestionably a new token of confidence and recognition in Moroccan diplomacy".

It "is part of a global approach aimed at granting Morocco a leading role and strengthening its presence within specialized UN bodies, capitalizing on its proven achievements and expertise," adds the same source.

"This presidency will enable the Kingdom of Morocco to be at the heart of the debates and to lead the consultations on the organization's agenda with regard to institutional and structural aspects, as well as the normative texts currently under negotiation, in particular those concerning industrial designs, genetic resources, traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and broadcasting rights," the statement underlines.

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