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

H.E. Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter
307.   We support the proposal provided by Chad on behalf of the LDC Group on the implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement, and we would like to highlight that in view of the economic, financial and administrative constraints of the LDCs and also their need for flexibility to create a viable technological base, we urge our developed country Members to continue in their efforts in providing incentives to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least developed countries so as to fulfil their mandate under Article 66 of TRIPS. Particularly, we underscore the importance ensuring that the notification under TRIPS Article 66.2 is done in a transparent and inclusive manner, and it is made in the proposed format which is fit for purpose on behalf of the LDC Group. 308.   Furthermore, we thank the developed country Members in their technical support to developing and least developing countries already provided, and we urge our developed country partners to deepen their kind technical and financial cooperation and collaborations in favour of developing and least developed countries in fulfilment of their obligations under Article 67 of the TRIPS Agreement to assist our governments regarding the establishment and reinforcement of domestic IP offices and capacity building. However, we urge that such assistance should be made in a manner that is fit for purpose in accordance with the specific requirements of the beneficial countries so as to adequately facilitate the implementation of this Agreement.
The Council took note of the statements made.
47.   The Chair said that the agenda item had been requested by Chad, on behalf of the LDC Group. A communication had been circulated in document IP/C/W/664. She invited the LDC Group to introduce the agenda item.
48.   The representative of Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group, took the floor to introduce the item.
49.   The representatives of Nepal; Nigeria; Tanzania, on behalf of the LDC Group; Zimbabwe; South Africa; India; China; the United States of America; Switzerland; Canada; Japan; Indonesia; and, the European Union took the floor.
50.   The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/95, IP/C/M/95/Add.1