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

Ambassador W. Armstrong (New Zealand)
A Notifications under Article 4(d)
2. The Chairman said that, since the Council's meeting in September, a notification under Article 4(d) of the Agreement had been received from Zambia. The notification had been distributed in document IP/N/4/ZMB/1. 3. The Chairman said that he had held further informal consultations on this matter in the light of the agreement at the Council's September meeting and as reflected in the Council's 1996 report (document IP/C/8) that further consultations should be held, so as to continue work on the development of criteria that could assist individual Members in making or reviewing their notifications, it being understood that such criteria could not add to or diminish the rights and obligations of WTO Members under the provisions of Article 4(d). These consultations had shown that some Members were not ready for a further discussion of the matter yet, while others had specific proposals that they would wish to advance. In the light of these consultations, he suggested that the Council postpone discussion to its next meeting and at that time allocate sufficient time to focus on the criteria listed in paragraph 6 of the Secretariat note (No. 2086 of 25 April 1996) and on proposals from delegations, adding that it might be helpful if the Secretariat were to update its informal paper prior to that meeting, taking note of the additional proposals made.