Two High Level Pakistani delegations are currently visiting Sri Lanka. The first delegation comprises of nine members and is headed by the Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament Ms Robina Saadat Qaimkhani.

The said delegation arrived in Sri Lanka to represent Pakistan at the South Asia Follow up Regional Consultation on the UN Study on Violence against children. The event is being jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Secretariat of the South Asia Initiative to end violence against children (SAIEVAC).

Other members of the delegation includes Mr Shaigan Shareef Malik , Secretary to the Ministry of Human Rights and Ms Jahanara Watoo, Government of Pakistan’s Goodwill Ambassador for Orphan Children.

Representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are participating in this event with the aim to overcome violence against children in homes, schools and society.

Another three member delegation headed by the Chairman Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) of Pakistan Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi arrived yesterday for 3 days visit.

Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi will be representing Pakistan at WIPO Regional Forum on Intellectual Property (IP) and Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs). The Chairman IPO would also be attending the SAARC Roundtable on Sub-Regional Cooperation on Use of IP for Development and Acquisition of ESTs.

The forums would provide opportunity to discuss possible international cooperation to expand access to ESTs, IP for generation of, and access to, environmentally sound technologies, enhance Sub Regional Cooperation in the field of IP to develop and acquire ESTs. The event has been organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with National Intellectual Property Office Sri Lanka (NIPOS) and Japan Patent Office (IPO).

The objective of the activity is to assess how IP system contributes to the development of ESTs, provide policy makers and representatives from the private sector with an opportunity to exchange views on promoting sustainable development through transfer of environmentally sound technologies.

In addition to Pakistan, delegates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Iran, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam are also participating in the deliberations.