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

H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli and Ambassador Dr. Lansana Gberie
436.   Thank you, Chair. As this is the first time that I have taken the floor, allow me to congratulate you on the excellent manner in which you have conducted this meeting. We also extend our thanks to our colleagues from the Secretariat for the great work that they do. 437.   I would like to inform you that on 8 March, at a ceremony with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO, our Permanent Representative, H.E. Ambassador José Valencia, deposited, on behalf of Ecuador, the instrument of acceptance of the Protocol Amending the TRIPS Agreement. Chair, as you mentioned, this brings the number of WTO Members that have agreed to secure a legal pathway to make it easier for developing countries to access affordable medicines to 134. For Ecuador, this ratification is not an end in itself, rather it is one more tool for our efforts at the national level, and strengthens our participation in the broader global response with multiple stakeholders that seeks to address the public health challenges that afflict developing and least developed countries in particular, especially those which are net importers of medicines, challenges which at the local level impact different population groups differently. Chair, we echo your words to encourage more Members to ratify this instrument which is of great importance for public health and trade.
The Council took note of the information provided and the statements made.
86. The Chair recalled that the purpose of this information agenda item was to keep Members posted of developments in the WTO, which had a TRIPS or intellectual property angle.
87. Regarding dispute settlement, the Chair noted that one request for consultations had been formally submitted since the last meeting. By means of a communication dated 18 February 2022, the European Union had requested consultations with China regarding the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. This request has been circulated on 22 February 2022 in document .
88. Regarding developments relating to the TRIPS amendment, the Chair said the delegation of Ecuador had deposited its instrument of acceptance with the Director-General on 9 March 2022. With this most recent addition, 134 Members had now accepted the TRIPS amendment. In order to encourage the remaining 30 Members to expedite action in good time before the current deadline for acceptance, the Director-General and he himself had sent reminder letters to the Ambassadors of these 30 delegations. The attachments to these letters provided details on the benefits of the amendment and explained the steps necessary to deposit an instrument of acceptance. Under the General Council Decision of 23 November 2021 (document ) the period for acceptance of the Protocol had been extended until 31 December 2023. He encouraged Members that were yet to accept the Amendment to do so expeditiously.
89. The representative of Ecuador took the floor.
90. The Chair invited the Secretariat to provide the regular briefing on IP-related issues considered in the context of individual Members' trade policy reviews, and in the Director-General's Monitoring Report.
91. The representative of the Secretariat took the floor.
92. The Council took note of the information provided and the statements made.
IP/C/M/104/Add.1, IP/C/M/104/Rev.1, IP/C/M104