Pham Cong Tac, vice minister of science and technology, who also attended the conference, said that Dung’s appointment “marked an important milestone in Vietnam’s multilateral diplomacy.”
The World Intellectual Property Organization was created in 1967 as the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency under the U.N. with 191 member states.
Vietnam joined the organization in 1976. The country was elected to chair its Program and Budget Committee from 2013-2015, and its Coordination Committee from 2014-2015.