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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE

203.   As the G7 leaders recently noted and other Members noted today, Canada condemns Russia's illegal, unjustifiable and unprovoked war, disregard for the charter of the United Nations and indifference to the impact that this war is having on people worldwide, including through undermined global food and energy security. Russia's actions are also contravening the principles and values of the foundation of the WTO including other Members shared notion of fairness and openness. We reiterate our call for the Russian Federation to end its invasion. 204.   Canada would like to thank the Secretariat for organizing the thematic discussions during the annual Workshop on the implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement. Canada welcomes the exchange of views and experiences on the implementation of this commitment, including the opportunity to hear directly from LDC Members on their technology transfer interests and priorities in meeting their respective national development objectives. 205.   This exchange remains key to ensuring that LDC Members have an opportunity to provide feedback on specific projects and on their priority needs, and to help provide that technology transfer incentives continue to enable LDCs to address emerging development challenges in creating a sound and viable technological base. We similarly benefit from hearing the experiences of other developed country Members, in sharing and identifying best practices and commonalities, to better inform how future incentives for technology transfer can respond to LDC Members' priorities over time. 206.   Canada is pleased to have the opportunity to present on key updates from its 2022 annual report (which can be found under document IP/C/R/TTI/CAN/3), and to participate in this week's panel discussion on developed country Members' experiences in providing incentives to promote and encourage technology transfer. In this spirit, Canada would be pleased to discuss our report, and any of the projects or initiatives detailed therein, with any interested Member. 207.   We look forward to further dialogue through the annual Workshop and discussions here in the TRIPS Council, and once again thank the Secretariat for convening this week's Workshop, and all Members for their constructive engagement on this important commitment.

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