July 10, 2017
Opening Statement by Indonesia on behalf of the Asia and the Pacific Group The 26th session of WIPO’s Program & Budget Committee
- Indonesia has the honour to deliver this opening statement on behalf of the Asia & the Pacific Group.
- At the outset, the group is delighted to see you chairing this important committee of WIPO. The Asia and the Pacific group supports the draft agenda as well as the tentative working programme/provisional timetable presented before us. Our group has confidence in your experience & your able leadership which will guide us all towards reaching constructive conclusions in this session.
- I would also to thank the Secretariat for the preparation of this meeting and for providing us with all relevant documents.
- After, examining the various documents presented in this PBC, our group is hopeful that the material before the committee will encourage the Member States to take stock of the current situation and provide an opportunity to put forward ideas and recommendations which will help towards further optimization of the functioning of WIPO.
- We have studied document WO/PBC/26/INF.1 on the preliminary results of the financial situation as of end 2016. We thank the Secretariat for the preparation of the said document. We have also studied document WO/PBC/26/2, the program performance report for the year of 2016. We are happy to learn that of a total of 455 performance indicator ratings in the Program and Budget 2016/17, 329, or 72 per cent, have been assessed as On track.
- We acknowledge that progress continued to be made in normative framework for IP, albeit at a slightly slower pace than anticipated. By the end of 2016, several outstanding issues still remained in the Standing Committees, and we remained optimistic that outstanding issues on normative framework goal and activities will be resolved as soon as feasible. We also take note that the year 2016 represented another record year for WIPO’s international registration systems, demonstrating considerable growth for the seventh consecutive year. Use of the ePCT system increased significantly in 2016. The year 2016 was a record year for the Madrid System. Furthermore, the Asia and the Pacific Group is delighted to learn that facilitating the use of IP for development and empowering developing countries, LDCs and countries in transition, to harness IP for enhancing national innovation potential and capacities remained a priority in 2016.
- The group has also carefully studied document WO/PBC/26/3 regarding the Draft Proposed Program and Budget for the 2018/19 biennium. The group is delighted to learn that despite the projected revenue growth of the Organization in the 2018-2019 Biennium is 10.4%, increase in expenditure is kept to 2.7%. We also note that based on the excellent financial performance of the Organization, there is a proposal to decrease the contributions of Member States in the 2018-2019 Biennium by 10%, regarding this matter, we would like to see the cost and benefit of such proposal.
- The Asia and the Pacific group also takes note of the Program Trends and Highlights within the Draft Proposed program and budget. The group is happy to see that the maintenance of the competitive position of the Global IP Systems will continue to be a principal focus for the 2018/19 Biennium. The group is also delighted to see that we remain optimistic for progress in the normative program by possibility of the convening of a diplomatic conference should the Member States reach agreement in one of the mature areas of discussions to take the final step towards the conclusion of a treaty or treaties.
- The Asia and the Pacific Group also appreciates the fact that the draft program have allowed for the the development dimension is integrated into all programs of the Organization, as well as coordinated through the Development Sector and the Development Agenda. We support that it continues to be a major priority for the Organization and all of its programs. Including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that feature prominently in program design and delivery.
- We are optimistic that discussion, comments and recommendations, including possible amendments of the said document that will be made during this session, and possibly in the upcoming 27th session of the PBC, would lead to an agreed program and budget for the next biennium. The group will contribute constructively to achieve a mutually agreed outcomes and decisions, including on the Capital Master Plan for the next ten years in order to foresee and to meet in a prudent manner the future capital liabilities of the Organization; Amendments to the Financial Regulations and Rules including on the Procurement Framework; and the Amendments of Investment Policies.
- The issue of Governance at WIPO is an important issue for our group. We believe that finding solutions to this impasse requires mutual trust among the Member States. Therefore, members of the Asia and the Pacific group will work towards contributing positively on this agenda item so that a consensus can be reached.
- On the discussion on the opening of New WIPO external offices, the Asia and the Pacific Group will remain constructive. The guiding principles for external offices were approved after lengthy negotiations reflecting the diversity of views on the subject. With six applicants, India, Iran, Oman, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, let me assure you that this group stands ready to contribute actively with constructive spirit to reach decision on new WIPO external offices.
- The members of the Asia & the Pacific group will make their country specific 10mments under each agenda item.
With these words I thank you Madam Chair.
Geneva, 10 July 2017