309. The Secretariat is now planning to organize the annual Workshop on the Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement in early 2023. The exact dates and programme will be communicated to Members at the later stage. 310. As you might recall that, to assist with the Secretariat's preparations for this annual workshop, we have invited LDC Members to answer a survey questionnaire on current areas of needs and priorities for technology transfer in their respective countries since 2021. Since then, we have received responses from 18 LDC Members. The detailed survey results have been presented to our Members in the annual workshops in 2021 and 2022. The survey results have been very valuable in guiding the Secretariat in preparing the annual workshop and to ensure that the workshop are grounded in the practical needs of the LDC Members concerned. 311. At the TRIPS Council's meeting of March this year, the LDC Group requested the Secretariat to compile a list of priority technologies as identified by the LDCs in the annual workshops, as well as in the survey questionnaire and to report this to the next TRIPS Council meeting. They also indicated that the information provided should be of use to the Secretariat in designing future technical assistance programmes, and to the reporting countries for their attention. 312. Upon this request, the WTO Secretariat has started to compile these responses received from 18 LDC Members. After the consultation with the LDC Group, we have circulated the updated survey questionnaire among LDC Members and invited them to answer the questionnaire by 2 September 2022 through their respective permanent missions in Geneva. This will allow the Secretariat to have a sufficient time to prepare a comprehensive compilation of the survey results and to prepare the workshop the programme according to the needs and priorities identified by the LDC Members. It will also enable the reporting countries to have sufficient time to prepare their contributions to this annual workshop. 313. Last, I would like to emphasise that the survey questionnaire is an optional tool to assist with preparations for the annual workshop. It has no bearing on WTO Members' rights and obligations under the WTO TRIPS Agreement.
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