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Ambassador Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Uruguay)
36. The Chairperson recalled that the Council had agreed, at its meeting of 7 and 8 July 1999, to focus on technical cooperation at the present meeting. In preparation for that discussion, it had been agreed that developed country Members would update information on their technical and financial cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement in time for the present meeting. In addition, intergovernmental organizations observers to the Council had also been invited to do the same. The resulting documentation concerning the technical cooperation activities of developed country Members could be found in documents IP/C/W/154 and addenda, and of intergovernmental organizations in documents IP/C/W/155 and addenda. Updated information on the WTO Secretariat's technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area could be found in document IP/C/W/156. The updated information from the European Communities and their member States and from Australia, the United States, the FAO and UPOV would be circulated as addenda to documents IP/C/W/154 and IP/C/W/155 respectively. 37. The Chairperson said that some of the information had been received only very recently, and most of it was, thus far, available only in its original language. Therefore, the Council might revert to the matter at its next meeting, to allow Members to make further comments on the information submitted that they might not yet have been able to study, and any further information provided before that meeting. 38. Continuing, the Chairperson recalled that the WIPO and WTO Secretariats had launched in July 1998 a Joint Initiative on Technical Cooperation to assist developing countries to meet their commitments under the TRIPS Agreement by the year 2000, and that the Council had agreed, at its meeting in December 1998, to request the Secretariat to report on a regular basis on this matter. The above-mentioned submissions by the WIPO and WTO Secretariats, circulated, respectively, in documents IP/C/W/155/Add.4 and IP/C/W/155, contained information, inter alia, on the status of the implementation of the Joint Initiative. Since those two documents had been circulated there had been one additional request for assistance under the Joint Initiative.