VIR21-1

Title of the activity
WTO Workshop on the implementation of Art. 66.2 of the TRIPS agreement: Incentives for technology transfer to LDCs.
Activity Type
Virtual workshop - Global
Description
The WTO Secretariat will organize the 2021 Workshop on the Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement in Geneva, on 2-4 and 10 March 2021 to enable LDC Members and Observers to analyse and enhance the benefits of the transparency mechanism concerning technology transfer measures under Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement (as established by the Decision of the Council for TRIPS (WTO document IP/C/28) in line with the direction given by WTO Members in the Doha Ministerial Decision on Implementation-related issues and concerns (WT/MIN(01)/17)).

The Workshop comprises two segments: a workshop segment and an ensuing reporting and review segment within the TRIPS Council's formal meeting, which together aim to promote dialogue and coordination between developed country Members reporting technology transfer incentives under Article 66.2, and their intended beneficiaries, the LDC Members. The Workshop also provides an opportunity to improve the use of this transparency mechanism on incentives for transfer of technology, so as to respond more effectively to the technological needs identified by LDCs.

The Workshop is based on the Article 66.2 reports submitted by developed country Members in 2020 (circulated in document IP/C/R/TTI series), the WTO current work on trade and technology transfer, and LDCs' priority needs, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workshop will be held through a virtual platform: three half-day workshop segments on 2-4 March 2021 and one half-day TRIPS Council reporting and review segment on 10 March 2021.
Host Country
Switzerland
Trade topic
TRIPS
Start Date
End Date
Duration (days)
7
Pre-requisite
Governments of Members and Observers of LDCs are invited to nominate up to three applicants. To be considered, applicants must:
• be government officials responsible for, or have direct experience in implementing technology transfer projects, managing intellectual property or trade matters; and
• have advanced knowledge of English or French, permitting them to deliver presentations and participate actively in discussions and lectures on technology transfer, intellectual property or trade matters.
Target Audience
Government officials
Language
English
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations
Invited Countries
Afghanistan
Angola
Bangladesh
Benin
Bhutan
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Lao Peopleʼs Democratic Republic
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Niger
Rwanda
Sao Tomé and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
The Gambia
Timor-Leste
Togo
Uganda
Vanuatu
Yemen
Zambia