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

Ambassador Alfredo Suescum (Panama)
235. We appreciate the delegation of Ecuador having put forward its proposal and for putting a very pertinent issue of the time on the table. We recognize the evolving challenges emanating from multiple environments and difficulties. At the same time we also understand and strongly believe that the TRIPS Agreement has a critical role to play in combatting these challenges. Bangladesh considers positively the underlying rationale and objective as laid out in the document and believes that this Council has ample scope to contribute. We welcome further consultation on this issue and express our readiness to constructively engage towards finding an appropriate solution of such an important issue.
The Council took note of the statements made.
11.1. The Chairman said that the item had been put on the agenda at the written request of the delegation of Ecuador. He recalled that, at the Council's meeting in March 2013, Ecuador had briefly presented, under "Other Business", its submission entitled "Contribution of Intellectual Property for Facilitating the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology" (IP/C/W/585).

11.2. The representatives of Ecuador, Cuba, Indonesia, China, India, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Bangladesh, Nepal on behalf of the LDC Group, Rwanda, Brazil, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States, Japan, the European Union, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the United States took the floor under this agenda item. The statements will be reproduced in an addendum to the present record.

11.3. In concluding, the Chairman said that, as the representative of Ecuador had said in his initial statement, Ecuador's submission had been useful in sparking discussion on the relationship between IP, climate change and development. He believed that the discussion would continue, particularly as some delegations had indicated that they were keen to continue the debate. He noted, however, that there were diverging positions with regard to a post-Bali programme or agenda.

11.4. The Council took note of the statements made.

IP/C/M/73, IP/C/M/73/Add.1