A senior official at the Ministry of Commerce underlined Cambodia’s progress in the area of intellectual property rights and cooperation between the Kingdom and the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO.

Cambodia's progress was highlighted by Ouk Prachea, secretary of state at the commerce ministry, during his participation in WIPO's 63rd conference, on behalf of Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak, which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland from July 14-22.

The conference is being attended by some 900 participants, both in-person and virtually, from 186 member states, according to the commerce ministry's Facebook post on July 16.

“The secretary of state informed the conference about the progress in the sector of intellectual property rights and its importance to Cambodia's development of commerce, technology, agriculture, environment and industry to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth…,” the ministry said.

Prachea also thanked WIPO’s director-general Daren Tang for his support for the progress of intellectual property rights in Cambodia and the development of this sector in ASEAN.

He said WIPO had provided technical support to some projects such as the Branding Project, capacity building for officials and registering trademarks for local products such as the Koh Trong Grapefruit, the Phnom Penh Noodles Collective Mark and others.

"By the end of his remarks, [Prachea] had shown Cambodia’s commitment to actively participating in WIPO and promoting closer cooperation,” the ministry said.