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New iTaukei Legislation Sent To Geneva

New iTaukei Legislation Sent To Geneva
LEFT: Yatu Lau Company Limited director Sialeni Vuetaki during the Lau Provincial Meeting at Studio 6 Apartment yesterday. RIGHT: From left: Lau Women’s secretary Litea Draunidalo, Lau Women’s vice president Ana Domoni, Lakeba Women’s rep Tamari Motu and Lau Womens project development executive Salote Radrodro at Studio 6 Apartment yesterday. Photos: Jona Konataci
October 01
01:28 2015

A new iTaukei legislation has been sent to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva for review.

This revelation was made yesterday by the Deputy Permanent Secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Saimoni Waibuta at the Lau Provincial Council meeting at Studio 6 Apartments conference room in Suva.

The legislation is known as `Traditional Knowledge Empowerment and Culture’.

WIPO was formally created by the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation, which became effective on April 26, 1970. Under Article 3 of this Convention, WIPO seeks to “promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world.”

Mr Waibuta said this new legislation would benefit the iTaukei people.

The issue came up after a concern was raised at the meeting on the use of iTaukei traditional skills in carving by other races in which they were making business.

Many businessmen, he said, were selling tanoa carved  using machines. But in Lau there were traditional woodcarvers who were specialised in this.



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