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

Mr. Martin Glass (Hong Kong, China)
I.1 Follow up to the seventh annual review
129. The representative of Bangladesh said that technology transfer from developed countries to LDCs was necessary to create a sound and viable technological base in LDCs. Without technology transfer, LDCs could not increase their productive capacity. He was glad to hear that the Secretariat intended to hold another workshop on Article 66.2 at the end of the year. This was very important because previous workshops had proved to be very useful in bringing both donors and LDCs closer for better understanding and increased cooperation. He requested developed country Members to submit their reports regularly and underlined that those should be LDC specific. While reporting on Article 66.2 compliance, developed country Members should not address TRIPS Article 67. Members should work together to devise a common format of reporting on Article 66.2 for the sake of transparency and LDC friendliness. He said that he would welcome short narratives from developed countries as to where, when and how they had actually transferred technologies to LDCs.