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Japan Funds in Trust for Industrial Property (FIT/JP (IP))

FIT/JP (IP) is a Government of Japan Trust Fund administered by WIPO. The Government of Japan, through METI, has been providing IP-related technical assistance in partnership with WIPO since 1987. IP projects initially focused on Asia and are now being extended to Africa. In 2008, the Government of Japan created an initial fund of approximately US$1 million for Africa. This trust fund provides support to the Member States of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) , and Africa at large in the area of intellectual property capacity building activities. To this end, ARIPO, OAPI and JPO signed a cooperation agreement in May 2008, confirming to carry out reinforced activities under this new Funds-in-Trust arrangement for capacity building for all the countries in Africa.

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Strengthening of FDI Promotion – Cambodia

This is a JICA project that aims to assist the Cambodia Development Council (CDC) to enhance CDC’s capacity of improving investment promotion services. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the Agency’s capacity promote and increase FDI inflows to Cambodia.The project is to: (i) upgrade CDC’s service to provide necessary information/data for investors and (ii) upgrade CDC’s PR activities, and consultation service. The project was launched in 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2013.

Training Course for developing countries on competition law and policy

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), in cooperation with JICA, carries out a number of training courses for developing countries in the area of competition law and policy. These courses provide officials of competition authorities in developing countries with information on Japan’s Antimonopoly Act and its implementation, with the purpose of contributing to the introduction or enhancement of competition law in developing countries. The JFTC has been providing two kinds of training courses using the JICA’s scheme for technical cooperation. One is group training course. The other is country-focused technical cooperation. Group training courses has been providing almost once a year since 1994. Around 10 officials from younger agencies are invited to Japan and participate in a one-month training course. Regarding country-focused technical cooperation, the JFTC has implemented technical cooperation for Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and China. The contents of country-focused technical cooperation are mainly dispatching long-term expert, holding training course in Japan and on-site seminar.

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