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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Walter Werner
308.   We wish to thank the LDC Group for their proposal and willingness to engage in an open and frank discussion, both in bilateral and small group meetings and through their intervention in the Council today. 309.   Norway appreciates the valuable clarifications that the LDC group has provided. We are working on improving our own reporting, and intend to take the LDC Group's comments and concerns into consideration when preparing our 2018 report, due later in the year. 310.   We look forward to further cooperation and discussion with the LDC Group and other Members in order to make reports on the implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement as effective and transparent as possible.
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