Mr. Soso Giorgadze, Chairman of Sakpatenti, on June 5, met with representatives of the USAID Economic Security Program to discuss current joint interventions and prospects for future cooperation.
The parties discussed the activities for promotion of creative industries, considered the opportunities of development of the intellectual property field and the role of this process in supporting the priority sectors of Georgian economy, which have strong potential for development in the conditions of dynamic technological progress. Among such sectors is the sector of shared intellectual services, supported by the USAID Economic Security Program, which includes business process outsourcing (BPO), information and telecommunication technologies (ICT) and e-commerce value chains.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Giorgi Akhalaia, Deputy Chief of Party at the USAID Economic Security Program, Mr. Beka Dotchviri, Deputy Chairperson of Sakpatenti, and Ms. Natia Katsiashvili, Component I Lead: Developing Competitive Ecosystems for Target Sectors, Economic Growth, USAID Economic Security Program.
The USAID Economic Security Program is a 5-year, $23 million USAID-funded program, implemented by DAI Global. The purpose of the Program is to support growth of Georgia’s economy in non-agricultural sectors that have potential to create jobs, attract investment and increase micro, small and medium enterprise revenues.
Sakpatenti and the USAID Economic Security Program, in cooperation with the private sector and international partners, implement a number of activities to promote development of creative industries in Georgia, including activities directed against online piracy, campaigns for raising awareness in public schools on intellectual property rights and high-value jobs. The USAID Economic Security Program, together with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, also supports actively the process of improving the collective management system of copyright and related rights, in order to implement legislative amendments which will be in compliance with the requirements of the EU Directive on collective management of copyright and related rights, international best practice and will facilitate protection of intellectual property rights in Georgia.