The international collaboration

International assistance with regard to achieving the above mentioned objectives is available. To ensure that South Africa’s and Africa’s concerns and needs in these fields are properly articulated and addressed in international fora ,it is crucial that relevant SA stakeholders be consulted before any international negotiations in order to agree and receive approval of an official SA position; and that sub-regional and regional preparatory consultations are then held in order to agree African common positions. The same applies mutatis mutandis to approaches for bilateral assistance such as that provided by JICA, NITE, WIPO etc.

The international collaboration commenced at this seminar between Japan, WIPO and South Africa is strongly welcomed by all participants and South African participants expressed their hope that it will continue and culminate in practical collaboration and projects.