SCCR 33 South Africa and Indonesia statements on the casters’ treaty

SOUTH AFRICA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and we’d like to welcome you to the committee again. We’d like to align ourself to the statement made by Nigeria. Like many other countries in this room, we’re also keen to see tangible progress in the committee in line with the 2007 mandate to address signal piracy.

We are also cognizant of the delicate balance that needs to be maintained to avoid granting additional rights from; however, we are encouraged by progress that has been made in bridging gaps and look forward to more fruitful discussions hopefully that will move forward to a legally binding instrument. Thank you.


> INDONESIA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Since this is the first time we take the floor, we would like to welcome you again in chairing decision, and we would also like to welcome the Deputy Director General, Ms. Sylvie Forbin. We are delighted to have you join us, and we would also like to thank you for preparing the Document SCCR 33/3, and on that, our Delegation is of the view that discussions and any decisions on the protection of broadcasting organizations should be based on the mandate of the 2007 General Assembly, to provide protection on the signal-based approach for cablecasting and broadcasting organizations in the traditional sense.

Our Delegation is ready to engage in a constructive manner on this issue to reach common understanding and the key aspects of protection of broadcasting organizations. The in this opportunity, we would like to highlight the fact that traditional broadcasting remains a central mechanism for access to information, knowledge, and culture, particularly in developing countries and nations like Indonesia. We have a lot of remote islands and remote areas that really relies on traditional broadcasting for access of information.

Therefore, from a development prospective, the development of broadcasting organizations should not create additional costs for the public and affect broadcasting content in developing countries. The intellectual property rights of broadcast something a developmental issue that requires careful balancing. Thank you, Mr. Chair.