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Ambassador Eduardo Pérez Motta (Mexico)
N.i Annual Updates on Technical Cooperation Activities
302. The Chairman recalled that, at its meeting in June 2002, the TRIPS Council had agreed to focus on technical cooperation at this meeting. In preparation for this annual review, developed country Members had once more been requested to update information on their technical and financial cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement in time for this meeting. Other Members who had also made available technical cooperation had been encouraged to share information on these activities if they so wished. In addition, intergovernmental organizations observers to the Council as well as the WTO Secretariat had been invited to provide information. The Council had received information from the following developed country and other Members: Japan; Australia; the Czech Republic; Norway; Canada; Hong Kong, China; and the United States. The resulting documentation concerning the technical cooperation activities of developed country and other Members was being circulated in documents IP/C/W/377 and Addenda. The Council had also obtained updated information from the following intergovernmental organizations: the IMF, OECD, FAO, WHO, WIPO, UNCTAD and UPOV. This information was being circulated in documents IP/C/W/376 and Addenda. Updated information on the WTO Secretariat's technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area could be found in document IP/C/W/375. Some of the information had been received only very recently, and most of it was, so far, available only in its original language. Therefore, he intended to provide an opportunity, at the Council's next meeting, for the Members of the Council to make further comments on the information submitted for this meeting that they might not yet have been able to study, or any further information provided before that meeting.