Minutes - TRIPS Council - View details of the intervention/statement

Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
Adoption of the agenda
7. The representative of Japan said that, while his delegation agreed that each Member could determine the appropriate means of implementing TRIPS provisions under Article 1.1, he believed that the exchange of experiences and information among Members was important and useful in order to enrich possible alternatives for Members to reflect. The past introduction of experiences by the United States, the European Communities and Switzerland had been constructive and useful, and his delegation was looking forward to continuing this educational exercise in this meeting. While recognizing that there were other bodies, his delegation believed that the TRIPS Council, stipulated by the TRIPS Agreement as an authoritative body regarding enforcement, was an appropriate body for this discussion. In response to Brazil's comments, he said that Part III of the Agreement also included border measures which were the subject of the Japanese submission.