On the 3th- 5th June 2019, WIPO Director General visited Belarus. Arguably the most significant part of this visit was the meeting held between Gurry, the Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, the Belarusian Prime Minister and other top officials, in an effort to improve IP bilateral cooperation. During these meetings, both Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas and Vladmir Makei expressed their gratitude for WIPO’s continuous aid to Belarus and stated they would continue to support the organisation.

At the meeting, the Director General and Prime Minister discussed Belarus’s possible accession to two WIPO treaties, namely The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Organising a new IP strategy in Belarus for 2021-2030, joint capacity building and awareness activities and improving universities and research institutions’ involvement in the field of IP were discussed as strategies of improving bilateral co-operation. To cement the deal of future co-operation, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between WIPO and the Republic of Belarus.

Mr.Gurry’s visit to Belarus also involved his attendance to the opening ceremony of the Regional Seminar on Current Challenges and Strategic Use of Intellectual Property Rights, a session of the Scientific Council on International Law at the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a visit to the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and also, a meeting at the Academy of Public Administration, all of which served to further discuss the challenges of IP enforcement in a globalised world as well as WIPO’s mission to tackle such challenges.