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Ambassador Eduardo Pérez Motta (Mexico)
C.i Scope and coverage
56. The representative of Djibouti said that a serious question of who was capable of producing a pharmaceutical product and who was not was being treated lightly. He said that the representatives of the United States and of the European Communities had also recognized that there was a large number of countries that were not capable of producing pharmaceutical products. A consensus was required within the framework of the TRIPS Agreement as otherwise problems might be caused in the long term. He said that in the future a country that was of low income might claim to be a beneficiary. Additional criteria like this could, therefore, lead to confusion. There was a committee within the United Nations that decided on the categorization of countries as least-developed countries. He said that the Council should consider setting up a similar committee for classification as otherwise it would be difficult to find consensus on the criteria for deciding which countries should benefit.