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The Opening Ceremony of the Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) Project Seminar and Workshop



On 17th July 2013, Mr. Hideki Yamaji, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, attended the opening ceremony of the Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) Project Seminar and Workshop, which took place in Lusaka from16th to 18th July. The seminar and workshop were co-held by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), with the assistance of the Japan Patent Office (JPO). Part of JPO’s contribution to WIPO through the WIPO Japan Funds was used to fund this seminar and workshop.


TISC is established in developing countries under WIPO development agenda in collaboration with the Patent Offices of those countries. The main objective of TISC is to provide access to practitioners with technical information including high-quality patent information. TISC was recently established in Zambia this year, and the seminar and workshop were held to provide training programs for the benefit of those who would utilize TISC in Zambia.


Practitioners from institutions such as the Patent Office, Research institutions, Universities, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Zambia were present at the opening ceremony. Ambassador Albert Muchanga, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Zambia, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, commended all stakeholders, while emphasising the importance of Patent Protection in Zambia. Ms. Joyce Claire Banya, Senior Advisor, WIPO, stressed the significance of utilizing TISC and explained further about the efficiency of the databases. She also commended all stakeholders for their cooperation and expressed appreciation of JPO’s contribution to WIPO.


Mr. Hideki Yamaji, in his speech, highlighted Japan’s support for African countries to upgrade and protect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), through WIPO Japan Funds. He expressed hope that, through the utilisation of TISC, Zambia would stand to gain from improved infrastructure, thereby contributing to economic diversification, which the Government of Zambia aims to achieve. Such innovations in Zambia would undoubtedly lead to the development of local industries and sustainable economic development in Zambia.


To read the speech by Mr. Yamaji at this ceremony, please click here.