Islamabad February 1, 2017: A consultative seminar on “Protection of Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge of Pakistan” was jointly organized by Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan), National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) and USAID-Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA) at NARC, Islamabad on February 2, 2017. Mr. Abid Javaid, Federal Secretary for National Food Security and Research graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Mr. Shahid Rashid, Chairman IPO-Pakistan highlighted the initiatives taken by IPO-Pakistan to meet the major global challenges relating to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). He also highlighted the importance of the required protection of non-conventional IPRs e.g Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (GRTKF) in order to protect Pakistan’s immense national IP heritage. He informed that the main reason of the session is to devise a road map for the future action plan to protect GRTK.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar, Chairman PARC highlighted the importance of GRTK protection and said that there is need of joint effort to protect national assets by documenting and preserving them. He appreciated the steps taken by IPO-Pakistan to initiate the consultative process in this regard. Ms. Hussan Bano Burki, Acting Chief of USAID-PREIA speaking on the occasion ensured cooperation and continuous support of USAID-PREIA for reforming local laws and policies for the protection of GRTK.
In the technical session, Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Deputy Director (GRTKF) IPO-Pakistan spoke about the Significance of GRTKF and presented the case studies about misappropriation of genetic resources and practical measures taken by different countries for protection of GRTKF. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, Director Plant Genetic Resource Institute (PGRI) from NARC highlighted the Role of Plant Genetic Resource Institute (PGRI) and importance of Genebank for germplasm conservation. He also presented the international scenario on protection of genetic resources, plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, bio-resources of Pakistan, role and collaborations of PGRI with national and international bodies.
Consultative seminar was followed by lively Q & A session. Which was ended on an agreement of the participants that national database on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge should be developed in the best national interest.