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

Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
208. The representative of Lesotho, speaking on behalf of the LDC Group in the WTO, recalled the contents of paragraph 2 of the decision of 29 November 2005 on the Extension of the Transition Period under Article 66.1. It called on LDCs to provide to the Council for TRIPS preferably by 1 January 2008, as much information as possible on their individual priority needs for technical and financial cooperation in order to help them take necessary steps to implement the TRIPS Agreement. To this end, the LDC Group sincerely thanked the delegations of Uganda and Sierra Leone, two Members of the Group, that had made their reports about their activities regarding implementation of Article 66.2 of the Agreement. At the same time, the LDC Group requested that flexibilities be extended to those LDCs that might not be able to submit their needs assessment by January 2008 so that they could submit even after this deadline. The LDC Group requested the developed country Members to provide LDCs with the requisite technical and financial assistance and technology transfer that the individual LDC's country specific needs assessment had identified. Often donor country activities failed to meet the specific needs of LDCs. They should address the actual specific needs that would enable LDCs to build the necessary infrastructure which was a major basis for actual implantation of the Agreement. 209. He called for an effective evaluation and monitoring mechanism in order to meticulously monitor and evaluate whether the LDCs' assessed needs had been responded to. The LDC Group appreciated very much the kind of help and support that the LDCs received in matters related to the Agreement which was one of the areas where most assistance was needed.