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Ambassador Mothusi Palai (Botswana)
11 TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING
395. Thank you to the Secretariat and the UNCTAD for those very informative reports. But I must confess that due to our physical constraints and time limitation, we were unable to fully explore the Secretariat report. Therefore, we will come back on the report at a future time. 396. I do recognize such activities are distinctly useful for us. As such, we do encourage the Secretariat to gear up further this process for our benefit. We are very appreciative of hearing that a further holistic approach is now under active consideration. In this regard, we would prefer a bottom up approach and are ready to constructively engage in designing the activities so that these fit to our exact time-based needs.
The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
11.1. The Chairman recalled that the Council had agreed, at its meeting in June 2014, to hold its annual review of technical cooperation at this meeting. He suggested that, in this context, Members also discuss any other issues relating to this agenda item.

11.2. He said that, in preparation for this annual review, developed country Members had been once more requested to update information on their technical and financial cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement in time for this meeting. Other Members who also made available technical cooperation had been encouraged to share information on these activities if they so wished. The Secretariat had issued on 24 July 2014 an airgram (WTO/AIR/4337) reminding Members of this request. In addition, intergovernmental organizations observers to the Council as well as the WTO Secretariat had also been invited to provide information.

11.3. To date, the Council had received information from the following developed country Members: Australia; Japan; New Zealand; Canada; Switzerland; Norway; as well as the United States. The resulting documentation concerning the technical cooperation activities of developed country Members was circulated in document IP/C/W/601 and addenda. The report submitted by the European Union and individual member States, namely Austria; Bulgaria; the Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; the Netherlands; Portugal; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden and the United Kingdom had been made available as a room document on documents online and would also be circulated as an addendum to document IP/C/W/601.

11.4. So far the Council had received updated information from the following intergovernmental organizations: the WCO, WHO, FAO; UPOV; WIPO; UNCTAD; as well as the GCC, which had been circulated in document IP/C/W/603 and addenda. Updated information on the WTO Secretariat's own technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area had been made available in document IP/C/W/600. These reports provided very valuable information both as regards details of specific activities, but also the broader policy considerations that were guiding capacity building activities of individual Members and Observers. Much of this resource remained largely untapped due to the amount of information provided and the way of preparation. In order to promote awareness and transparency, the Secretariat had repeatedly suggested that the information about specific activities be reported in table format. It had also provided regular updates with respect to its work aimed at identifying ways of facilitating the submission, processing and circulation of information on technical assistance.

11.5. The representative of the WTO Secretariat informed the Council of its recent technical cooperation activities, including the Workshop on "Realizing Developmental Objectives of the Intellectual Property System: LDC Needs for Technical and Financial Cooperation" that had been organized back-to-back with the last Council meeting on 12-13 June 2014. Also the representative of the UNCTAD Secretariat introduced its report.

11.6. The representatives of Bangladesh; the European Union and Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group took the floor.

11.7. The Chairman said that some of the information had been received very recently, and most of it was, so far, available only in its original language. Therefore, he suggested that an opportunity be provided to Members at the Council's next meeting to make further comments on the information submitted for this meeting.

11.8. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.

IP/C/M/77, IP/C/M/77/Add.1