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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE
Bangladesh on behalf of LDC Group

171.   Under this agenda item, Bangladesh delivers this statement on behalf of the LDC Group. The LDC Group welcomes the annual reports on the implementation of Article 66.2 and the reporting Members' most sincere efforts to help create sound and viable technological base in LDCs. 172.   Since most of the reports are very recently submitted, we could not go through them in detail. After examining these reports, the LDC Group will provide feedback to the respective reporting Members very soon. We believe that our last year's feedback was useful for the reporting Members to understand the technology needs and current realities of the technological base in LDCs. In the proposed reporting template (document IP/C/W/668) we underscore the need for information about the specific incentives, the incentives recipient enterprises and institutions, the specific technology that has been transferred and the name of the beneficiary LDC Member. This will help acknowledge the substantive contributions of the developed country Members with evidence and precision. 173.   While we truly appreciate the initiatives of the developed country Members under Article 66.2, we also feel that LDCs should do some homework focusing their needs and challenges in terms of technology transfer. For the forthcoming workshop in March 2023 on the implementation of Article 66.2, LDC Members are currently working on a self-assessed voluntary survey on their priorities for technology transfer needs. The LDCs thank the IP Division of the Secretariat for extending technical support in this regard. 174.   The LDC Group welcomes the annual workshop on the implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement as an excellent opportunity. We expect that next year's workshop will bring more practical inputs for an informed dialogue between the reporting Members and LDCs. The LDCs hope that the technology needs identified by the LDCs will also be prioritized by the developed Members in their forthcoming programmes and schemes on implementation of Article 66.2. The LDC Group stands ready to engage constructively in this regard.

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