As globalization takes a stronger foothold, intellectual property is expected to play an important role in the global economy. This CPIL.net article covers the first Arab Intellectual Property Forum, where the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Economy called for more cooperation between governments and the private sector to advance intellectual property rights in the Arab world.
Wang Ziqang, director of the Corpyright Management Division of National Copyright Administration of China, disclosed in a press conference that the country would announce its national intellectual property rights strategy in 2008 as part the country's self-innovation strategy. China's strategy will come about with guidance from all the World Trade Organization members, according to this ChinaTechNews.com piece.
In Africa, Serwalo Tumelo, Botswana's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, has called on the United Nations Development Program to take a more forceful role on free trade in Africa. According to this allAfrica.com article, Tumelo believes Africa has been marginalized from the windfall of global trade and intellectual property.