ISLAMABAD, November 23, 2017: Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja has said that Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) will become one of the most important institutions once China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will become fully functional. “CPEC would open new avenues of foreign investments in the country and a number of foreign companies will establish their operations in Pakistan. They will need support of IPO-Pakistan to protect their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)”, she said. She expressed these views during a special briefing given by the officials of IPO-Pakistan regarding working of the Organization, its mechanism, achievements and future plans. While appreciating the performance of IPO-Pakistan Ms. Khawaja assured Ministry of Commerce’s unflinching support to the Organization. She stressed that the Organization should intensify its efforts to create awareness about IPRs among the masses. “IPO-Pakistan is doing a wonderful work in such a short time since its emergence but still there is a long way to go” she said. About the proposed laws of IPO-Pakistan, Ms. Khawaja maintained that enactment of Geographical Indications (GI) Law would be expedited. Earlier, while briefing the parliamentary Secretary, Director (Enforcement) IPO-Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Ismail informed about the working of the Organization since its inception. He informed that due to a number of initiatives of the Organization in the past years, the US government has removed Pakistan from the priority watch list and its ranking has also improved. In the latest survey published by World Economic Forum, it had won appreciation from national and international organizations.