President meets with WIPO Director General in Geneva
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 29 had a working session with Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva as part of the former’s official visit to Switzerland.
At the ceremony bestowing the WIPO’s IP Youth Ambassador title upon three Vietnamese students who invented a helmet called Vihelm. (Photo: VNA)
At the meeting, President Phuc thanked WIPO for its cooperation and valuable support to Vietnam in consolidating legal institutions, building the intellectual property system, and improving the country’s global innovation index (GII).
He called for further support from the organisation during the implementation of the national intellectual property strategy and the Law on Intellectual Property, cultural development, expert training and the improvement of the national innovation and creation capacity.
Vietnam stands ready to work to boost cooperation between WIPO and the region, the President pledged.
For his part, Tang lauded Vietnam’s efforts and impressive achievements in socio-economic development, and attributed these outcomes to the country’s investment in the intellectual property system.
Lauding Vietnam’s outstanding performance in the GII, he said the country has maintained its first position among the 34 lower-middle income economies in the index.
He also praised Vietnam’s membership and responsible contributions to activities of the WIPO, and pledged to provide more assistance for the Southeast Asian nation in resources and technologies.
The WIPO Director General suggested cooperation between the two sides in building an intellectual property training centre for youths and entrepreneurs, and establishing a global network of entrepreneurs.
Vietnam and the WIPO would step up collaboration in intellectual property training for diplomats and negotiators, he said.
On this occasion, Phuc attended a ceremony bestowing the WIPO’s IP Youth Ambassador title upon three Vietnamese students who invented a helmet called Vihelm.
The helmet is specifically for those working on the frontline to prevent COVID-19 and is designed with both safety and comfort features.
In his remarks, Phuc thanked WIPO for granting the title to the young Vietnamese inventors, and expressed his hope that Vietnamese youths will make more innovations and creations, further contributing to national construction and development./.
President receives Chilean Health Minister in Geneva
Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Chilean Minister of Health Oscar Enrique Paris Mancilla in Geneva on November 29, as both were visiting Switzerland.
As Vietnam and Chile are celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties, President Phuc proposed the two sides continue coordinating closely to implement celebrations to bring about practical efficiency.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the good relationship is an important foundation for the two countries to boost their collaboration in pandemic prevention and control, he said.
Congratulating Chile on its well control of the pandemic with a high rate of people vaccinated against COVID-19, the Vietnamese President thanked Chile for its willingness to cooperate and share vaccines with Vietnam.
With current bilateral cooperation mechanisms such as the Vietnam-Chile Free Trade Agreement that took effect in 2014, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) of which both nations are members, and the political consultation, President Phuc said that this is an important basis for the two countries to promote cooperation in the coming time. He expressed his delight that two-way trade in the first nine months of this year reached nearly 1.5 billion USD, up 59 percent over the same period last year.
Agreeing with President Phuc’s proposal on intensifying cooperation in pandemic prevention and control, Enrique Paris said that Chile is willing to collaborate and share COVID-19 vaccines with Vietnam, and boost bilateral collaboration in health.
Given Vietnam joining numerous free trade agreements, including the CPTPP to which Chile is a signatory, he suggested both sides step up cooperation to make full use of this advantage to bring about practical interests for each side./.