374. Canada is pleased to take this opportunity to present an overview of Canada's most recent report on the implementation of TRIPS Article 66.2, which was submitted to the WTO Secretariat in October 2020. We thank the Secretariat in advance for its efforts in circulating Canada's report following this session. As in previous years, Canada's report has been developed to reflect certain criteria requested by LDCs at the October 2008 and October 2010 workshops, as well as the format proposed by LDCs in October 2011, in document IP/C/W/561.
375. Canada's report is divided into two sections: the first provides a broad overview of Canada's approach to the implementation of TRIPS Article 66.2, including on the types of incentives provided and the thematic areas under which technology is transferred under this commitment. It also presents the range of entities in Canada that administer incentives for the promotion of tech transfer to LDCs. The second section includes an annex of ongoing, notable projects undertaken in recent years, with key details on each LDC-focused initiative, including project overviews, outcomes, and contact points. As we have pointed out in previous discussions, Canada's reporting on Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement focuses primarily on informal, non-market incentives to promote technology transfer to LDCs. This includes projects financed by Government of Canada departments, agencies, and Crown corporations, in partnership with private enterprises and institutions through official development assistance, grants, and other concessional financing.
376. The initiatives outlined in Canada's 2020 report are varied in nature, and respond to the broad range of thematic needs and priorities identified by LDCs in cooperation with Canadian enterprises, institutions, and development practitioners. With this in mind, Canada remains interested in hearing the experiences and interests of LDC Members in specific projects and priorities, as well as the experiences of other developed country Members, with a view to identifying best practices and commonalities. Canada would be pleased to discuss any aspect of its 2020 Report with interested LDC Members, and looks forward to constructive engagement on these important issues, including in the context of the TRIPS Article 66.2 workshop in early-2021.