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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE
Tanzania on behalf of African Group

156.   The African Group welcomes the reports submitted by some developed countries in relation to the implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement. Also, we commend the Secretariat for once again having successfully organised the Workshop on this matter, bringing in colleagues from capital to participate as a means of promoting information sharing and frank exchange of views. We welcome this practice to continue and encourage beneficiaries to thoroughly examine the impact and deficiencies of the reported implementation projects in their respective countries. 157.   Furthermore, we would like to echo the LDCs' call on the need to establish clear definitions, parameters and indicators to evaluate the implementation efficacy of Article 66.2. We also urge developed countries to align their reports to the LDCs proposed template as described in document IP/C/W/664. Apparently, most of the reports do not discern elements of technology transfer, except for reports from few developed Members containing meaningful implemented projects, other than merely producing list of workshops and trainings which are meant to address different objectives. 158.   The African Group would like to insist on the importance of ensuring that this obligation is honoured and thus we will continue to follow-up with great interest on the implementation of Article 66.2, to ensure that the intended benefits for LDCs are accrued.

48. The Council took note of the statements made.
43. The Chair recalled that the Council had conducted the Twentieth Annual Review under Paragraph 2 of the Decision on the Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement at its meeting in October 2022. At that meeting delegations from developed country Members had briefly presented the updated reports they had submitted under Article 66.2, and the Council had agreed that it would revert to the item at the present meeting to permit continued consideration of the submitted material. He also recalled that, in July 2020, the LDC Group had circulated a new submission entitled "Proposed New Template for Annual Reporting under Article 66.2 of the Agreement on Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights" in document .
44. In order to give LDCs more time to absorb the information provided by developed country Members in their reports, and to ensure that these reports were available in the working languages of the WTO, the Secretariat had once again organized a "Workshop on the Implementation of the Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement" which had taken place on 14-15 March 2023, immediately preceding the meeting. The Chair indicated that a number of capital-based delegates who had participated in that Workshop were present at the meeting.
45. The Chair asked the Secretariat to report on this Workshop.
46. A representative of the Secretariat took the floor.
47. The representatives of Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group; Tanzania, on behalf of the African Group; Sierra Leone; the United Kingdom; Nepal; Benin; Bangladesh; Switzerland; Haiti; Mali; the United States of America; the European Union; Australia; Japan; Canada; Norway; Malawi; and Sudan took the floor.
48. The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/107, IP/C/M/107/Add.1