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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE

149.   The delegation of Japan recognizes the importance of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement for LDCs, taking into account their economic, financial and administrative constraints . From such a perspective, Japan is earnestly engaged in improving the business environment for technology transfer to LDCs. 150.   We would like to briefly describe this year's report on our implementation of Article 66.2, document IP/C/R/TTI/JPN/3. This report consists of four sections, namely: a. Activities undertaken by technical cooperation organizations; b. Activities in the field of climate change; c. Activities in the pharmaceutical sector; and d. Activities in the field of intellectual property rights. 151.   This report was submitted through the e-TRIPS submission system and contains an annex providing detailed information on each activity involving technology transfer to LDCs. Japan understands that incentives to enable technology transfer include a variety of measures such as financial support and business environment support, because one of the main obstacles for enterprises and institutions in developed countries to transfer technologies to LDCs is the lack or insufficiency of business environment in LDCs. Furthermore, improving the business environment helps create incentives that are stable and self-sustainable, which is especially important considering that technology transfer often takes time. 152.   Japan believes that activities in the report contribute to creating a sound and viable technological base in LDCs, which will bring about further technology transfer by enterprises and institutions in developed countries. 153.   Japan will continue to make its utmost efforts to improve the business environment and make it even more conducive to transfer technology.

The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
44. The Chair turned to the Council's 20th annual review of developed country Members' reports on their implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement. Under a Council decision of February 2003, developed country Members are to submit annual reports on actions taken or planned in pursuance of their commitments under Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement. New detailed reports are required every third year, and updates in the intervening years.
45. He recalled that in July 2022, the Council had requested developed country Members to submit updates to their seventh set of new detailed reports in time for the present meeting, and the Secretariat had since circulated a reminder. He also noted that the LDC Group had submitted a proposal of a template for the submission of reports on commitments of developed countries under Article 66.2.
46. He noted that the Council had received new reports from Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Since the circulation of the revised draft agenda the European Union had also submitted its report. This documentation was being circulated under the new dedicated document series with the symbol where "R" stands for "Reports" and "TTI" stands for "Technology Transfer Incentives".
47. He said that paragraph 2 of the Council's Decision on the Implementation of Article 66.2 states that the annual review should provide Members with an opportunity to pose questions in relation to the information submitted and request additional information; discuss the effectiveness of the incentives provided in promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least developed country Members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base; and consider any points relating to the operation of the reporting procedure established by the Decision.
48. Some of the information by developed country Members had been received only very recently, and most of it was, so far, available only in its original language. He therefore intended for Members to have an opportunity to make further comments at the next meeting of the Council. This would give Members a chance to study the information recently circulated and any additional information subsequently received.
49. The Chair announced that the Secretariat was once again planning to hold the Article 66.2 Workshop in March 2023, back-to-back with the first TRIPS Council meeting of the year. This would allow LDCs sufficient time to absorb the information provided by developed countries in their reports and would also ensure that these reports are translated. It would further be an opportunity to discuss the LDC Groups' proposal for a template for reporting on commitments under this Article. He indicated that the Workshop would comprise two days of workshop sessions, and a reporting and review segment within the first TRIPS Council meeting of 2023.
50. The representatives of the; the European Union; Australia; the United Kingdom; New Zealand; the United States of America; Japan; Switzerland; Canada; South Africa; Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group; and India took the floor.
51. The Chair suggested that Members be given an opportunity to continue considering the information provided at our next meeting.
52. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/106, IP/C/M/106/Add.1