Visit to Geneva of Mr. Eugen Ovidiu Chirovici, President of the National Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives - Geneva, 31 March - 2 April 2004

From 31 March to 2 April 2004 a delegation headed by Mr. Eugen Ovidiu Chirovici, President of the Romanian National Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives, under the Office of the Prime Minister, attended the 6th Forum for Best Practices in the Development of the SMEs sector, organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). On the basis of a longstanding cooperation between Romania and UNECE, Romania was offered the opportunity to organize, during this event, a presentation of its national experience in the field, under the chairmanship of HE Ambassador Doru Costea, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN Office at Geneva, who underlined, in his welcoming statement that SMEs are able to "build bridge enterprises - bringing together institutional, business and cultural environments, and, moreover, they bring people together".

Bilateral meetings: In a bilateral meeting with Mrs. Brigita Schmognerova, Executive Secretary of the UNECE, Mr. Chirovici underlined the importance paid by the Romanian Government to the development of the SME sector and the incentives through the start-up programmes developed by the Agency, and also through the National Fund for SMEs Credit Guarantee.

The strategic importance of the Intellectual Property as an important tool for economic development was the focus of talks between the President of the Romanian National Agency for SMEs and Cooperation, Mr. Eugen Ovidiu Chirovici, and the Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Mr. Geoffrey Yu, during the visit to the WIPO Headquarters, on April 1st, 2004.

The economic significance of small and medium enterprises and the potential of intellectual property to further the development and enhance the competitiveness of this sector was emphasized. SMEs today are the backbone of many national economies. SMEs, a rich source of innovation and entrepreneurship which can efficiently harness individual creative effort and convert it into the production and commercialization of new and original products, are often not fully aware of the intellectual property system and its potential for business development. The Deputy Director General pledged WIPO's support in promoting awareness and use of the intellectual property system by SMEs in Romania.


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