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Mr. Tony Miller (Hong Kong, China)
I DECISION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PARAGRAPH 6 OF THE DOHA DECLARATION ON THE TRIPS AGREEMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH
101. The Chairman recalled that, at its meeting in June, the Council had agreed to continue its work pursuant to paragraph 11 of the General Council decision on "Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health" (hereinafter referred to as "the Decision") on the preparation of an amendment to the TRIPS Agreement with a view to the TRIPS Council making a recommendation by the end of March 2005 so that the General Council could conclude its work on the amendment at its first meeting thereafter. He drew attention to a new communication received from the delegation of Nigeria, on behalf of the African Group, which contained a proposal for amending Article 31 of the TRIPS Agreement (subsequently circulated as document IP/C/W/437). 102. He also recalled that, as had been agreed at the Council's meeting in September, he had held consultations on the action to be taken pursuant to paragraph 11 of the Decision. At an informal consultation held the day before, many delegations had presented their initial reactions to the proposal by the African Group. The general view expressed by many delegations had been that it would be useful for him to hold informal consultations in various formats prior to the Council's next meeting with a view to carrying the work forward expeditiously so as to meet the March time-frame.
IP/C/M/46