115. India attaches high importance to the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, the Paragraph 6 System as established under the 2003 Waiver Decision and the Protocol Amending the TRIPS Agreement. India is one of the first countries that notified its acceptance of the Protocol in March 2007. 116. India has always been of the view that the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health constituted a major landmark in the history of the WTO because it recognized the primacy of public health needs and the preparedness of the Organization to address the problems in access to medicines faced by the poor in developing countries. The 2003 Waiver Decision was expected to address the public health concerns faced by Members with insufficient or no manufacturing capacities in the pharmaceutical sector. It may have sounded prophetic at that time when India voiced certain apprehensions in the General Council meeting of August 2003 by stating: "the results accruing from this mechanism should not be negated by the creation of cumbersome systems that would lead to huge delays in getting medicines across at reasonable cost to those that needed them or discourage Members from using the System for the benefit of the people. In order to make this System successful, a sincere collective effort is required on the part of all Members and the entire pharmaceutical industry". Regrettably, we have been proven right. The export of HIV/AIDS medicines by the Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex to Rwanda in September 2008 has been the first and only use of the System so far. 117. The UNSG High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, in its report released in September 2016, also recognized that the Paragraph 6 System is complex and cumbersome. 118. My delegation urges Members to constructively engage on improving the Paragraph 6 System for making it more workable and effective, so that it can benefit Members with insufficient or no manufacturing capacities in the pharmaceutical sector.
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