92. The Chairperson recalled that, at its last meeting, her predecessor had informed the Council of a letter he had just received from the Chair of the General Council recalling that the informal meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body held on 9 February 2009 had initiated a process of monitoring recent trade developments associated with the current global financial and economic crisis. At that meeting, the Chair of the Trade Policy Review Body had noted that if this exercise were to be carried out successfully and were to be useful to the WTO membership, the availability of comprehensive, accurate and timely information would be crucial. In his letter, the General Council Chair invited the Chair of the TRIPS Council to consult with Members on ways to improve the timeliness and completeness of notifications and other information flows on trade measures falling within the areas of responsibility of the Council and requested that the Chair of the Council inform the Chair of the Trade Policy Review Body of the results of such consultations.
93. She said that, as requested by the TRIPS Council, she had consulted on the matter. In the light of her consultations, she suggested that, in order to facilitate its consideration of the issue of improving the timeliness and completeness of notifications and other information flows in the area of its responsibility, the Council invite the Secretariat to prepare a factual background note summarizing the relevant procedures and providing references to the relevant decisions, as well as information on the use of these procedures by Members, and also to prepare suggestions for the Council's consideration at its next meeting on how to improve the transparency and user-friendliness of the notification system, for example by making notifications more easily accessible on the WTO webpage.