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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE

160.   Canada is pleased to report on its work under Article 66.2 in providing incentives to enterprises and institutions to promote and encourage technology transfer to LDC Members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base. 161.   Canada's 2022 report on the implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement (document IP/C/R/TTI/CAN/3) updates on the range of projects and initiatives undertaken by Canada over the past year. Before discussing some of the more noteworthy projects included in this year's report, we note that Canada's report on Article 66.2 focuses primarily on non-market projects, as financed by Canadian departments, agencies, and institutions, through official development assistance (ODA), grants, and other concessional financings. For instance, Canada provides financial incentives in partnership with Canadian educational and research institutions in a range of development areas like agriculture and food security, public health, artificial intelligence and education, sustainable development, as well as business development and capacity-building for SMEs. 162.   In addition to updates on existing projects, this year's report includes information on a very recent grant programme, Addressing Environmental Degradation in Cox's Bazar District in Bangladesh, which launched this year and is funded in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). This project will provide technical assistance and know-how that will result in the development of strategies, policies, and systems to address environmental rehabilitation, including the provision of alternative, clean cooking fuel and technology to all refugee households. This programme aims to contribute to environmental rehabilitation and long-term development of Cox's Bazar District through supporting an ecologically sustainable approach in host communities and Rohingya refugee camps. 163.   Another notable project from this year's report, the Global Fund for Disaster Reduction and Recovery - Earth Observation Technologies, was launched in collaboration with the Global Fund for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and is set to fund Earth Observation (EO) technology and data collection for use by coastal and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), regional organizations, and other partners to pursue climate change adaptation and resiliency to extreme weather events. In a similar vein, the project Transforming the Market for Stoves and Clean Energy in Haiti launched with the United Nations Foundation and in partnership with Haiti, aims to restructure and boost the market for efficient stoves and clean energy in order to protect the environment, improve the health of women and children and strengthen women's economic power within new value chains for producing and marketing stoves and clean energy. 164.   This year's report also includes information on Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships in Research and Innovation in the Manufacturing Sector in Uganda. Through collaboration between the International Development Research Centre and the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, this project supports research and innovation to address challenges facing the manufacturing value chains for various industrial products in Uganda through partnerships and collaborations between universities and industry. It aims to contribute towards the reduction of technological bottlenecks affecting the manufacturing sector, thereby increasing sector productivity and competitiveness. 165.   Canada would be pleased to provide further information on these and other technology transfer projects and programmes contained in Canada's 2022 report on the implementation of Article 66.2, upon request. Canada also invites interested delegations to consult Global Affairs Canada's searchable "International Development Project Browser" for further information on these and other initiatives. 166.   Finally, Canada would also like to take the opportunity to again thank the Secretariat for organizing the March 2022 workshop on Article 66.2, and to thank those Members that shared their experiences and valuable insights in this area. We look forward to the next workshop on the implementation of Article 66.2 and to further discussions with other Members on these important issues.

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