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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE
164.   I am delivering this statement as a capital-based Workshop participant from Nepal. I would like to thank the WTO ITTC for organizing this important Workshop. I also thank the focal point of the LDC Group, Mr Deva from Bangladesh. I commend the report of the Secretariat. 165.   I would like to thank the Members who have been providing incentives as can be seen in the annual reports. LDCs lag behind industrial development due to a limited technological base as well as other structural problems. As a preliminary observation, the incentives offered seem to be limited in view of the spirit of the TRIPS Agreement. 166.   I request developed Members to provide incentives which are implementable, precise, and effective. The support should create a sound and viable technological base in the LDCs including Nepal. I have already shared Nepal's needs and priorities during my presentation at the Workshop, Now I would like to highlight a few points again:  Technology transfer on the priority exportable goods identified in the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy, including geographical indications.  Support for technology to institutions involved in innovation and development.  Assistance to establish the National Gateway on Technology Transfer.  Technology transfer on the commercialization of geographical indications
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