56. I deliver this statement on behalf of the African Group. Regarding agenda items 4, 5, and 6. I would like to reiterate the well-known position of the African Group as follows: a. The TRIPS Agreement should incorporate provisions which will take into account the protection of genetic resources and tradition knowledge and folklore through reviewing Article 27.3(b). b. The reviewed provision should stipulate clear obligations for Members to prohibit misappropriation of genetic resources and traditional knowledge. c. The original owners or custodian of genetic resources and traditional Knowledge should acquire equitably benefits from right holders. d. The TRIPS Council should avail itself to cooperate with other institutions which are competent on this area such as the CBD Secretariat, in order to be able to advance a meaningful work on this subject matter.
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