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

Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
A Draft agreement between the WIPO and the WTO
4. In regard to Article 5(2)(b), the Chairman recalled that this provision had been inserted to meet a concern expressed by the WIPO side relating to the possible application of the agreement to future WTO Members that would not be eligible for membership of WIPO. Ambassador Loizaga had informed him of the consultations that he had held in the WIPO framework on this matter, and that, as a result of these consultations, it had been accepted that Article 5(2)(b) of the text be deleted. Ambassador Loizaga had also informed him that, when he made this proposal to the Coordination Committee and General Assembly of WIPO, he would also propose that those bodies approve the following statement: "Approval and implementation of the WIPO-WTO agreement has no implications for current or future members of either WIPO or WTO concerning their recognition by other members of WIPO or WTO or their status with respect to WIPO or WTO."