LDCs and TRIPS: Overcoming challenges, seeking solutions

Volume
3,
Number
8
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26 September 2014
24 September 2014
In today’s knowledge-based global economy, innovation is one of the main engines of economic growth, as it enable countries to enhance their productivity and to move up the value chain. In the context of this growth-through-innovation narrative, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) deserve particular...
24 September 2014
This article takes the view that a forward-looking approach is necessary to assist least developed countries (LDCs) in bridging their technological gaps and facilitating their transition to the world trading system. What role could the intellectual property (IP) system play in facilitating this...
24 September 2014
In June 2013, the members of the WTO granted LDCs a second transition period extension for the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement of another eight years (until 2021). With an ongoing waiver alone, however, the integration of LDCs into the international system for the protection of intellectual...
24 September 2014
Can Least Developed Countries effectively implement the WTO TRIPS Agreement? The WTO TRIPS Agreement, which was concluded as part of the Uruguay Round in 1994, sets the international framework for the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs). These include copyrights, patents, trademarks,...
24 September 2014
The WTO previously authorised least developed country (LDC) members not to implement or enforce patent and regulatory data rules until January 1, 2016. Should LDCs seek renewal of the pharmaceutical-related extension at the TRIPS Council before it expires, or does the recent “general” extension for...
24 September 2014
Ahead of the 10-year review of the Almaty Programme of Action (APOA), it can be highlighted that the WTO has managed to secure deliverables for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) in two main areas, namely trade facilitation and Aid for Trade. The new APOA must contain concrete measures in all...
24 September 2014
Disruptions in cross-border trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – have sent food prices soaring, threatening food security in the region, according to an alert issued early September by the UN’s Food and...
24 September 2014
A resolution to the deadlock over whether to link the implementation of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to finding a permanent solution on public food stockholding is still “far from evident,” Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told ambassadors in Geneva on 15 September. The informal...
24 September 2014
Seychelles to become the 161st WTO member The government of Seychelles signed a final bilateral agreement with the United States in Geneva, which clears the way to joining the World Trade Organization. The WTO’s Working Party for the examination of Seychelles’ accession request was established in...
24 September 2014
Trade and Development Report 2014 – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – September 2014 The report emphasizes the role that proactive trade and industrial policies can play in the post-2015 development agenda. On trade, it argues that negotiations on rule making need to...
24 September 2014
[updated version of Bridges Africa article from September 18, 2014 ] [see erratum, Tuesday 30 September] The member states of the East African Community (EAC) reached a consensus on the draft Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) following a ministerial meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania. To date,...