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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Walter Werner
307.   The Preamble of the TRIPS Agreement reflects a particular balance of rights and obligation and it clearly recognizes the underlying public policy objectives, including developmental and technological objectives. Article 66.2 of the Agreement is specific and it clearly entails developed country Members to provide incentives to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least developed country Members. The Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health reaffirmed the commitment of developed country Members to provide incentives to their enterprises and institutions to promote and encourage technology transfer to least developed country Members. We welcome deliberations here on effective and meaningful implementation, in letter and spirit of this important provision.
39.   The Chair said that the Central African Republic, on behalf of the LDC Group, had requested the inclusion of the agenda item "LDC Group Proposal on the Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement". Reference had been made to an earlier communication from the LDC Group, on the same topic, that had already been introduced at the Council's last meeting (circulated in document IP/C/W/640). As requested by Bangladesh on behalf of the LDC Group, he had also facilitated an informal meeting between representatives from the LDC Group and developed country Members, which had taken place the previous week. Those initial discussions of the LDC Group Proposal had focused on the incentives needed to encourage companies to transfer technologies to LDCs and on the reporting mechanism. They had been very constructive.
40.   As follow up to that initial discussion, the LDC Group had also made available an illustrative list of incentives for consideration by Members. Printed copies of the room document RD/IP/24 had been made available for delegations in French and English.
41.   The representatives of Chad, on behalf of the LDC Group; Bangladesh; the United States; India; Norway; New Zealand; the European Union; Canada; Australia; Switzerland; Japan; Brazil; and Nepal took the floor.
42.   The Chair said that he would continue to facilitate consultations amongst Members to find possible solutions.
43.   Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/89, IP/C/M/89/Add.1