Minutes - TRIPS Council - View details of the intervention/statement

H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli (Norway)
100.   The delegation of Bangladesh acknowledges the contribution of the developed country Members for extending capacity building support to the developing countries and particularly the LDCs under TRIPS Article 67 through a wide range of programmes. These programmes are critically important for the LDCs. My delegation also thanks the Secretariat for the briefing on the e-TRIPS Gateway related to TRIPS-related data and information. Bangladesh sincerely thanks the developed country Members for their help and would like to request them to continue their valuable supports for the developing countries and particularly the LDCs and the graduating LDCs.
43. The Chair said that the Council had regularly conducted annual reviews of technical cooperation and capacity building activities at its end of the year meeting. These reviews were based on reports submitted by developed country Members, international organizations and the WTO Secretariat. He invited the Secretariat to recall the usual arrangements for such reviews.
44. A representative of the Secretariat said the usual procedure was to invite developed-country Members to submit information on their activities pursuant to Article 67 of the TRIPS Agreement to be reviewed at the last Council meeting of the year. Other Members who also engaged in technical cooperation were also encouraged to share information. Intergovernmental organizations with observer status in the TRIPS Council, as well as the WTO Secretariat, were also invited to report on their relevant activities. The requested written information would usually be made available four weeks prior to the next meeting, in order to allow timely circulation before the meeting. In view of the dates of the next TRIPS Council meeting (13-14 October 2021), this would mean that written information should be submitted by 15 September 2021.
45. The Chair said that documentation on this topic was usually quite extensive. To ensure a streamlined and systematic approach to the management of documentation, members were requested to use the eTRIPS Submissions System, which allowed the convenient preparation of such submissions, both in capital and at Geneva missions. The Secretariat would be pleased to provide informal support and background to interested delegations.
46. The representatives of Bangladesh; and the World Intellectual Property Organization took the floor.
47. The Council agreed to proceed in the usual manner and to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/100, IP/C/M/100/Add.1