11.80. The representative of Angola said that he was observing considerable support for the LDC Group's proposal. In fact, there seemed to be acceptance of the principle, which was a good start. There were, however, certain Members that had some major problems. LDCs had done their share of the work: they had drafted and submitted their request to the Council to take account of the comments that they had not been doing their homework. The ball was now in the other camp, which must come forward with concrete proposals.
11.81. Recalling Mexico's statement, he said the LDC Group's proposal seemed to be reasonable. For example, LDCs had a transition period for implementing the provisions of the Agreement on Agriculture, one of the most important areas for many countries. In his view, having a transition period for LDCs in the TRIPS area until they graduated should not be a problem.
11.82. He said that the LDC Group was preparing the ground, and any study should first be agreed to by the countries concerned. He recalled that a number of studies had already been published and that most of them had reached the same conclusion: there was no response to the needs assessments provided by several LDCs.
11.83. As was said by the EU delegation, he agreed that Members needed to know where they stood and where there were going. So, whilst LDCs had shown willingness to work together by preparing needs assessments, it was the same countries in other organizations that were pushing for reducing technical assistance budgets for LDCs, and for developing countries as well. This was, in his view, a paradoxical situation.