On Wednesday, June 12th 2019, the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia organized an Intellectual Property Rights Workshop at Sunway Hotel which was presided over by Mr. Nuon Chanrith, Deputy Director General of General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia, highly representative of His Excellency Dr. Kun Nhem, Delegate of Royal Government in Charge of the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia. Key Speakers invited for the workshop were from the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE), the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), Counter Counterfeit Committee of Cambodia (CCCC), and Schmitt & Orlov Firm. They shared the knowledge and experiences on global aspects of intellectual property, IPR law enforcement at the border, and counterfeit product identification to 40 participants from the customs units throughout the country.

The workshop was held from the 12th to 13th June 2019 in accordance with the 2019 Annual Action Plan and the Strategic for Customs Reform and Modernization of the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia. The purpose of this workshop is to enhance technical competence and knowledge of the customs officials on the subject of IPRs.

In the opening remark, Mr. Nuon Chanrith, Deputy Director General of the General Department of Customs and Excise, said that protecting intellectual property rights plays a role in encouragement of scientific research, technology progress and new product development that take part in national economic development. The Royal Government of Cambodia has been implementing the Industry Development Policy and Small and Medium Industry Supporting Policy, which mean that motivation of technical research, production development, artwork protection, and new innovation would attract both domestic investors and multi-national companies   to invest in Cambodia for further economic development.

He reiterated that the infringement and piracy are seriously threatening the health and safety of consumers and hindering the national economy development. At the same time, the identification of fake products in domestic market is even more difficult, which require a great deal of attention on the control of importation and exportation of goods of intellectual property. This seminar will be an opportunity for participants to understand the laws and regulations and technical work related to intellectual property rights which would be delivered by the experts from GDCE, MOC, CCC and representatives of right holders.

Last but not least, he hopes that this workshop would raise the awareness of customs officials on the crackdown of cross-border counterfeit products, which will contribute to the improvement of daily working efficiency of customs staff and social safety and security, which is an important role of Cambodia Customs Administration besides revenue collection.

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