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Ambassador Mero (United Republic of Tanzania)
États-Unis d'Amérique
11 Technical Cooperation and Capacity-Building
328. The United States is pleased to highlight its report under Article 67 contained in document IP/C/W/617/Add.5, on the technical assistance programmes, provided by the United States Government, concerning the protection, utilization and enforcement of IPRs for developing and LDCs. In this respect, we also welcome Mexico's intervention to describe its engagement on this issue as well which we find to be very much welcome. 329. In the past year, our report accounts for more than 142 training, technical assistance and capacity-building programmes to over 4,975 participants from 108 different countries, including developing countries and LDCs. Of these nearly 108 countries, 19 programmes were provided for 25 LDCs, including Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger and Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. 330. Technical cooperation to improve IP legal, administrative and enforcement infrastructure is crucial to economic development that is directly linked to contributing to foreign investment and voluntary private-sector led technology transfer in developing countries and for developing country innovators to capitalize on their own creativity. The US Government technical assistance is driven by demand and individual priority needs of beneficiary countries. The diversity of needs and interests identified by beneficiary countries results in tailored technical assistance activities on specific areas of interest. We look forward to the technical discussion on the reports in this Council concerning technical cooperation of governments and of intergovernmental organizations for the strengthening of IP systems.
The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
57. The Chairman recalled that, at its meeting in June 2016, the Council had agreed to hold its annual review of technical cooperation at this meeting. 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. The Secretariat had issued on 7 July 2016 an Airgram (WTO/AIR/IP/9) 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.

58. To date, the Council had received information from the following developed country Members: Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, the United States and New Zealand, circulated in document IP/C/W/617 and addenda. The report submitted by the European Union and individual member States, namely Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, 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/617. The Council had also received information on relevant technical cooperation activities from Mexico, circulated in document IP/C/W/615.

59. Updated information had been submitted by the following intergovernmental organizations: the FAO, UNCTAD, the OECD, the GCC, WHO, ARIPO, WCO and WIPO, circulated in document IP/C/W/614 and addenda. In addition, a report from UPOV had been received shortly before the meeting and would also be made available as an addendum to document IP/C/W/614. Updated information on the WTO Secretariat's own technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area was available in document IP/C/W/618.

60. The Chairman said that 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 which might be due to the amount of information provided and the way in which this was done. 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 provided regular updates with respect to its work aimed at identifying ways of facilitating the submission, processing and circulation of information on technical assistance.

61. The representatives of Australia, Mexico, the United States and Colombia took the floor.

62. The representative of the Secretariat took the floor.

63. The representatives of ARIPO, the GCC, WHO and UNCTAD took the floor.

64. Since some of the information had been received only very recently, and most of it was available only in its original language, the Chairman said that he would provide Members an opportunity at the next meeting to make further comments on the information.

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

IP/C/M/83, IP/C/M/83/Add.1