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National Conference on Counterfeiting & Role of Enforcement Agencies held in New Delhi

The National Conference on Counterfeiting and Role of Enforcement Agencies was held in New Delhi. It was organised by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) in collaboration with European Union (EU). It was inaugurated by Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu.

Key Facts

The conference aimed to provide common platform to national and international experts to have dialogue and exchange best practices for benefit of enforcement agencies, and industry representatives and provide fresh ideas for further strengthening IPR protection ecosystem.

It provided platform to officials to share their experiences and better inter-agency coordination with respect to tackling menace of counterfeiting. It was attended by officials of various enforcement agencies, many IP professionals, lawyers, e-commerce stakeholders and people from industry associations.

Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM)

CIPAM is a professional body under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Its mandate is to effectively implement National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy adopted in May 2016 with slogan – “Creative India; Innovative India”. It has undertaken several measures to strengthen IP ecosystem in the country.


EU, France give 3.5 Million Euros as Grant to Curb Emissions in India

EU and France will give a grant of 3.5 million euros to three Indian cities- Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad as part of the EU’s commitment under the Paris Climate agreement to curb emissions and promote sustainability in these cities.

Salient Highlights

The grants have been provided to help India’s smart city programme under the ‘Moblise Your City’ (MYC) initiative.
India has become the first country to get benefits from the MYC initiative.
The MYC initiative is supported by the French and German government and also has financial support of the European Union (EU). The initiative is aimed at helping 100 cities across the world to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by promoting sustainable urban transport and sustainability in urban spaces.
MYC initiative was emphasised by the Indian and European leaders during Prime Minister Modi’s recent visit to Europe.
Further it has been stated that more funds would be offered to India to carry forward its sustainable transport initiatives on the three smart cities.


French Development Agency (AFD) has been associated with several projects in India and conservation of biodiversity. AFD, at present, is funding the Vijayawada, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Kochi and Nagpur metro rail projects.

AFD is a public financial institution of France whose mandate is to implement the policy defined by the French government. It is headquartered in Paris. It finances projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and the French overseas territories to promote living conditions for populations and economic growth in these regions.

France is the ninth largest foreign investor in India.