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Ambassador Dacio Castillo (Honduras)
10.5. The representative of Madagascar thanked the Secretariat for the quality and relevance of the work it had done so far on behalf of LDCs in general and Madagascar in particular. This valuable support had enabled the technical group concerned to finalize their communication relating to priority needs for technical and financial assistance and its accompanying matrix. He re-emphasized the rationale behind the formulation of those priority needs, the values that consistently underpinned the steps initiated several years ago with a view to enhancing IP -related capacity, and the objectives pursued by the capacity-building plans listed in the document. Like the countries that preceded it, Madagascar was pleased to present the relevant information concerning its technical and financial assistance needs with a view to securing adequate support. 10.6. Madagascar attached particular importance to the identification of priority needs for coordinated technical assistance and to the response those would elicit from partner countries. The TRIPS Agreement contained a set of obligations which Madagascar had undertaken to respect in order to ensure that IPRs were protected in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner throughout the country. 10.7. The many levers of economic development included innovation and transfer of technology through the promotion and protection of what had already been achieved in the IP sphere. If they were known, adopted and respected, IPRs were not merely legal instruments available to economic operators, they were significant contributing factors to the competitiveness of a country such as Madagascar. 10.8. The values that had prevailed since these priority needs were formulated bore repeating, because he remained convinced that convergence of the values upheld by the bilateral and multilateral partners would be reflected in the follow-up to the matrix. Those values included protecting public health, human dignity, culture and heritage, taking the requisite action to ensure compliance with commitments undertaken, in particular the agreements signed within the various multilateral frameworks, and adopting an inclusive and transparent approach as well as a realistic and flexible outlook. The capacity-building programmes set out in the matrix presented to the delegations were part of a broader framework aimed in particular at: a. boosting economic and trade competitiveness, and chiefly private investment in Madagascar. b. Significantly reducing poverty by promoting and ensuring appropriate protection of industrial property rights. c. Reducing poverty by promoting and ensuring appropriate protection of industrial property rights. 10.9. The programme comprised seven strategic approaches covering the following key topics: • Policy formulation • Implementation of reforms and improving cooperation • Combating counterfeiting and piracy • Establishing infrastructure and appropriate equipment • Designing software and enhancing operations management • Boosting science, technology and innovation • Creating a stimulating and favourable environment • Communication and dissemination of information among the general public • Regional, bilateral and international cooperation • Protection of the intangible heritage • Arbitration and dispute settlement • Participation in fairs, events, workshops and seminars • Training of actors • Application of the law 10.10. All of the above called for sustained innovative, transparent and effective support from their bilateral and multilateral partners, whose readiness had been amply demonstrated, and he was therefore confident that their communication would be well received by all their cooperation partners. 10.11. He said that the report was by no means an end in itself but the beginning of a lengthy process. His delegation remained at the disposal of all its cooperation partners to review the responses they might have to the needs identified.