French Embassy Supports Fiji Performing Rights Association Workshop

Caption: Lusi Tokaduadua (Company Secretary), Jules Irrmann (French Embassy charg? d?affaires a.i.), Laisa Vulakoro (FPRA Board Director) and Josaia Cama (Licensing Officer) at the French Embassy in Suva.

BY ASHTOSH SINGH

The Embassy of France in Suva was pleased to support the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) workshop which was held at the Holiday Inn Suva last Friday.

?Copyright Industry ? An important Contributor to the National Economy?, which was the theme of the workshop has the primary objective to improve Copyright awareness and understand the importance of economic contribution of copyright-based industries, and to protect copyright from piracy.

Embassy?s Charge? d?affaires, Jules Irrmann a.i. said,? ?Most of the value added today comes from the creation and there is no creation without protection of the intellectual property rights?.

He added that France had been very supportive of all efforts towards the improvement of intellectual property rights and has also joined the fight against counterfeit products.

Speaking at the French Embassy in Suva yesterday, Fiji musician and FPRA Board Director, Laisa Vulakoro, stated that: ?The FPRA is also affiliated with the SACEM and we are greatly encouraged by the constant support given to us by the French Government.?

Meanwhile the FPRA currently has over 500 registered members.