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H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli
European Union
18 ELECTION OF THE CHAIRPERSON
449.   The European Union would also like to echo previous speakers and thank you, HE Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli, for your relentless efforts in making the TRIPS Council meetings as fruitful and efficient as possible, this was without a doubt, a very challenging period, and the European Union really appreciates the way in which you conducted the deliberations in this Council and in other smaller configurations. In our view, your leadership was truly exemplary. The European Union would also like to congratulate HE Ambassador Lansana Gberie and look forward to cooperate with him so that the TRIPS Council is a place where decisions are taken in the end, and we wish Ambassador Gberie best luck in his new role.
104. The Council so agreed.
101. The Chair turned to the last agenda item, namely "election of the Chairperson".
102. He noted that the rules of procedure provided that "[t]he election shall take place at the first meeting of the year and shall take effect at the end of the meeting", and that "[t]he Chairperson […] shall hold office until the end of the first meeting of the following year". While agenda items 12 and 13 remained open, the meeting was therefore not formally closed. Nevertheless, it would be appropriate that the new chair takes over the gavel and presides over subsequent resumptions of the meeting under these items.
103. At its meeting on 23-24 February 2022, the General Council had noted consensus on the Chairpersons for regular and negotiating WTO bodies. On the basis of the understanding reached by the General Council, he proposed that the Council for TRIPS elect H.E. Dr. Lansana GBERIE, Ambassador of Sierra Leone, as its chairperson for the coming year.
104. The Council so agreed.
105. The representatives of Sierra Leone; Chad,; Bangladesh; Switzerland; the European Union; and Tanzania took the floor.
106. The Chair thanked delegations for their trust and cooperation during his term as TRIPS Council Chair during the past year, and expressed his hope that they would also support the efforts of his successor in addressing the items on the Council's agenda. He wished delegations and the new Chair much success in that endeavour.
107. The meeting was adjourned, with items 12 and 13 remaining open.
108. At the reconvened meeting on 1 June 2022, the meeting was closed.

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IP/C/M/104/Add.1, IP/C/M/104/Rev.1, IP/C/M104