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H.E. Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter
14 DULY MOTIVATED REQUEST BY LDCS TO EXTEND THE TRANSITION PERIOD UNDER ARTICLE 66.1 OF THE TRIPS AGREEMENT FOR LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRY MEMBERS
843.   I would like to follow up on what my colleague from Bangladesh has just said and thank all the Members that have spoken about our proposal, as well as those that have understood the need for this request. I would also like to reiterate what was said a moment ago about us being fully disposed to speaking with any Members requiring further explanations. 844.   I fully understand the reservations of some Members. I did not see any reservation as being indicative of a deadlock, which I am pleased about. We are prepared to continue engaging bilaterally with any Members seeking additional information. I would like to stress that it is essential for LDCs to obtain this extension. 845.   As I said in my opening statement, the grounds for this provision and these realities are still relevant today. In fact, they have become even more relevant with the emergence of the COVID19 crisis, and we call on all Members to show flexibility and understanding so that we can ultimately find a consensual solution. 846.   In any event, I would like to thank you on behalf of all members of the LDC Group and to endorse the suggestion put forward by our colleague from Bangladesh to keep this matter for the next session.
78. The Chair said that the agenda item had been requested by Chad, on behalf of the LDC Group; and a communication had been circulated. She recalled that the transition period for LDC Members had been extended twice: Most recently, by the TRIPS Council Decision of 11 June 2013. Regarding extensions of the transition period, the second sentence of Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement provided that "The Council for TRIPS shall, upon duly motivated request by a least developed country Member, accord extensions of this period." She invited the LDC Group to introduce the request.
79. The representative of Chad, on behalf of the LDC Group took the floor.
80. The Chair invited Members to take the floor.
81. The representatives of Bangladesh; Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group, Nepal; Mali; Cambodia; Angola; Afghanistan; Senegal; Jamaica, on behalf of the ACP Group; China; South Africa; Argentina; Egypt; Tanzania, on behalf of the African Group; Indonesia; Turkey; the United States of America; the European Union; Oman; India; Japan; Nigeria; the United Kingdom; Switzerland; and the World Health Organization (WHO) took the floor.
82. The Chair proposed that the LDC Group consult with the Members, that had intervened at the present meeting, to bridge the differences. She would also be available to consult with Members. Considering the time-sensitivity due to the upcoming deadline in 2021, she proposed to revert to the request at the next meeting.
83. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/96, IP/C/M/96/Add.1