Ministry secretary Anthony Turua says the sub-regional meeting on Copyright and Development for Decision Makers of South Pacific Countries will see participants from Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu.
Speakers at the event are from New Zealand, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
This meeting will only be held for three days commencing from today (Monday) to Wednesday January 25.
The second meeting is the national conference on copyright and related rights for creators which will run from Thursday to Friday and will be attended by outer islands and government sector representatives and cultural artists.
“The objective of both meeting is to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the copyright management issues,” Turua said.
The aim was also to facilitate cooperation and coordination among copyright offices and copyright management organisations and learn about the regional experience in the field of copyright and related rights.
Turua said the meetings were being held in Rarotonga because the Cook Islands had won the bid to host the regional meeting at a conference in Sydney, Australia last year.
“There were similar meetings held here back in 2015 but with national and not sub-regional status.”
He said the meetings were fully funded by WIPO, which the Cook Islands joined in 2016.
Both meetings run from 8.30am - 5.00pm.