780. Cambodia associates itself with Chad's statement. LDCs are continuing to face many difficulties and challenges including weak health systems, lack of domestic financial resources, limited human capacity, innovation, technology, administrative constraints, and so on and so forth.
781. Further to this, the COVID-19 pandemic has substantially affected LDCs in many sectors, in particular the supply and demand sides. Indeed, the impact of COVID-19 is one of the causes for a slow-down in progress in achieving our development goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with only ten years left.
782. To that, we need to build greater resilience and work together to find a good solution through the development of trade – both at national and international levels. We also need to make sure that LDCs have maximum policy space, among others, to access various technologies, educational resources, and other tools necessary for development. We also need to implement the existing mandates to assist LDCs in coping with difficulties and challenges, including the mandate set out in Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement.
783. Cambodia, therefore, requests Members to support the adoption of the proposal contained in document IP/C/W/668 submitted by Chad on behalf of the LDC Group, for an extension of the transition period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement.