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

H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli (Norway)
12 TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING

187.   Switzerland is currently partner to ten bilateral technical cooperation projects on intellectual property. Whereas the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs is the main funder of most projects through its Global Program for Intellectual Property Rights (GPIPR) set up in 2018, it is the Swiss Federal IP Institute which implements the GPIPR. The GPIPR supports developing and least developed countries as well as emerging economies in developing an efficient and effective system for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights with a view to promoting economic development, assisting our partners also in the task to implement their rights and obligations under the TRIPS Agreement. 188.   During the reporting period, the COVID-19 pandemic restriction measures affected many aspects of the delivery of the technical assistance. In spite of these limitations, the implementation of all our cooperation projects with the partner countries went ahead and meaningful progress was made in all programmes , nevertheless. Switzerland continues its efforts to be a reliable partner in delivering technical assistance in the field of intellectual property and to contribute through its technical cooperation projects, among others, to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

77. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
70. The Chair recalled that in June 2021, the Council had agreed to hold the annual review of technical cooperation at the present meeting.
71. Developed country Members had been requested to update information on their technical and financial cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. Other Members who also made available technical cooperation were encouraged to share information on these activities. The Secretariat had issued an Airgram on 15 June 2021 reminding developed country Members of this request. Intergovernmental organizations observers to the Council and the WTO Secretariat had also been invited to provide information.
72. The Council had received information from the following developed country Members: Switzerland, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Since the circulation of the revised draft agenda Norway has also submitted information in this regard. These reports are being circulated under the new dedicated document series with the symbol – where "R" stands for "Reports" and "TC" stands for "Technical Cooperation".
73. Intergovernmental organizations had also submitted updated information: the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Since the circulation of the revised draft agenda, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) had also submitted information in this regard. Their reports were being circulated in the same document series observer]/.
74. The report of the WTO Secretariat on technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area was available in document .
75. The representatives of Norway; Canada; Australia; the European Union; Switzerland; Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group; the United Kingdom; the United States; Japan; the WTO Secretariat; the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); and the World Health Organization (WHO) took the floor.
76. The Chair noted that most of the valuable information provided by Members and IGO observers had been received only very recently. He would provide delegations an opportunity at the next regular meeting to make further comments on the information submitted.
77. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/103, IP/C/M/103/Add.1, IP/C/M/Rev.1