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H.E. Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter
Chad on behalf of Least-developed countries

614.   On behalf of the LDC Group I would like to thank Switzerland and all the co-sponsors for the introduction of IP/C/W/675 on Intellectual Property and Innovation, guaranteeing the competitiveness of MSMEs in green technology. 615.   We have listened with great attention to the very enriching experiences, the Swiss experience, the United States experience, the experience of Australia, of Singapore, the European Union and others and we see that innovation can raise can meet the global challenges in the area of the environment using green tax, by the MSMEs. It is a very interesting support if I can link this up with our proceeding issue. How LDCs can access to green technology to boost our competitiveness in our countries, while respecting environmental imperatives, though we do not have a viable technological base. The LDCs particularly need to be able to benefit from technology transfer, which would serve on the one hand to in increase our levels of production, but also to provide us with the technology that enable us to develop new products and, from this point, we think green tax are very interesting. 616.   At the time of the fourth industrial revolution and digitalization, the acquiring new technology, particularly Greentech by LDCs is also a very important. The stake for us, technology and the master of green technology is a very important factor in our economic catch up, this is why the LDCs Group is seeking at an effective implementation or cooperation of Article 66.2 on the TRIPS Agreement concerning incentives for technology transfer. We need to facilitate access to appropriate technology with an appropriate technology transfer and provide us with access to research and development. 617.   The question is, how do we help MSMEs from the LDCs does not have a solid technological base to properly use the partnership platforms for access to technology and also share in this IP for innovation. Finally, we think and we are ready to continue our reflection with the co-sponsors for the provision and use of green technology by our LDCs and which, in this way contribute to the competitiveness of our MSMEs. We have a lot of difficulties at the LDC level and perhaps we can link up our perceiving requests with this particular issue and we would like to continue to participate in discussions with the co-sponsors. In fact, this communication has already been transmitted to our capital for an in-depth study of the issues.

66. The Chair said that this item had been put on the agenda at the request of Australia; Canada, Chile; the European Union; Japan; Singapore; Switzerland; the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu; the United Kingdom, and the United States. A communication with the same title had been circulated.
67. The representatives of Switzerland; the United States of America; Australia; Singapore; the United Kingdom; Japan; the European Union; Chad, on behalf of the LDC Group; Canada; India; Norway; Brazil; Ecuador; and China took the floor.
68. The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/98, IP/C/M/98/Add.1