76. The Chairman said that this item had been put on the agenda at the written request of the delegations of Australia, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. Since the circulation of the initial proposed agenda, the item had also been co-sponsored by the delegation of Chinese Taipei. He also recalled two communications from the initial co-sponsors that had been circulated for consideration under this agenda item. The first contribution (document IP/C/W/622) set out the proposed items for an exchange of experiences among delegations in the course of this year with respect to the role of IPRs as a driver for more inclusive innovation that promoted the participation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in local and global trade. The second communication (document IP/C/W/625) introduced more specifically the agenda item of today's meeting regarding inclusive innovation and MSME collaboration. The delegation of Chinese Taipei had recently joined the co-sponsors of these documents.
77. The representatives of Australia, the United States, Chinese Taipei, Japan, the European Union, Switzerland, India, Colombia, Canada, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, Israel, Dominican Republic, the Russian Federation, Brazil, New Zealand, Bangladesh on behalf of the LDC Group and Nigeria on behalf of the African Group took the floor.
78. The Council took note of the statements made.