69. I would like to start by congratulating you Chair for your leadership, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO and the entire membership for the adoption of a Ministerial Decision on TRIPS during the MC12. 70. Reverting to agenda items 4, 5, and 6, the African Group has a long-standing position which is well known to the Council of which I will not go through. I will direct myself only issue of the CBD Secretariat. 71. The African Group has been urging Members to allow the CBD Secretariat to be invited to share their experience in the TRIPS Council. Our call is in line with Article V of the Marrakesh Agreement which directs WTO Members to effectively cooperate with other international organizations on matters related to the WTO. The African Group has been mindful of the critical importance for WTO bodies to cooperate with other relevant international organizations and we have exercised due restraint from objecting such arrangements in the past in other bodies. Therefore, we would like to once again urge other Members to exercise a similar approach on the CBD Secretariat to be invited and share their experience in this body.
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