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Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
16. The Chairman informed the Council that, since its meeting in February, it had received a number of supplements and updates to earlier notifications of laws and regulations notified under Article 63.2 of the Agreement. The European Commission had notified a Council Regulation on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs and a Commission Regulation laying down detailed rules of implementation of the said Council Regulation; and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had notified amendments to its Industrial Property Law. These notifications were being circulated in the IP/N/1/- series of documents. In addition, Swaziland had provided its responses to the Checklist of Issues on Enforcement. These responses were available as an advance copy of document IP/N/6/SWZ/1. 17. He recalled that, among the Members whose transitional period under Article 65.2 or 65.3 had expired on 1 January 2000 or who had acceded to the WTO, there still remained two who had not yet submitted any notification concerning their implementing legislation, namely Saint Kitts and Nevis; and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Secretariat had been in contact with the respective delegations in order to assist in the matter. He urged those Members whose initial notifications remained incomplete to submit the outstanding material without delay, and reminded other Members of their obligation to notify any subsequent amendments of their laws and regulations without delay after their entry into force. In particular, he reminded those Members who had made any changes to their laws and/or regulations to implement the decision on "Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health" and who had not yet notified such changes to the Council to do so.