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The global innovation and intellectual property landscape is witnessing rapid and far reaching changes. This dialogue is the first in a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues aimed reflecting on these changes and their possible implications for international cooperation. Convened by ICTSD, the dialogue will examine the implementation of the 2007 WIPO Development Agenda recommendations, a decade after the original Development Agenda proposal was launched.

In this context, the dialogue will look at the collective achievements and future challenges toward the establishment of a balanced and development–oriented intellectual property system, which effectively promotes innovation while supporting public policy objectives.

Webcasting of this event was cancelled due to unexpected circumstances.

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Reviewing the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda: Issues and Challenges
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Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, 19 September 2014 - 1:00pm

In the majority of African countries, the informal economy remains predominant. At the same time, most African countries are Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which are exempted from most TRIPS obligations until 2021 in accordance with the latest WTO extension decision adopted in 2013. Yet a number of African countries seek to use IP to generate greater value added for their agricultural products (such as coffee), traditional knowledge and genetic resources through, for example, the use of trademarks and geographical indications. Africa’s informal sectors are particularly adept at appropriating knowledge to facilitate rapid and locally relevant innovation. The session will look at the role of innovation and IP in Africa’s development process as well as how development partners can contribute with improved technology transfer (article 66.2) and better targeted technical assistance. Specific reference will be made to innovation in the informal economies and their contribution to Africa’s share in international trade

On line registration is now closed. Possibility to register on the spot as from 7:30 am on 1 October 

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Technology Transfer in the TRIPS Age: The Need for New Types of Partnerships between the Least Developed and Most Advanced EconomiesTechnical Note: The LDC TRIPS Transition Extension and the Question of RollbackIP Trends in African LDCs and the LDC TRIPS Transition Extension: Fikremarkos MersoMeaningful Technology Transfer to the LDCs: A Proposal for a Monitoring Mechanism for TRIPS Article 66.2
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Africa
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Friday, 3 October 2014 - 4:00pm

Implemented jointly by ICTSD and World Economic Forum, the E15Initiative (E15) convenes world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business, and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development.

The E15Initiative Expert Group on Reinvigorating Manufacturing: New Industrial Policy and the Trade System met for the first time in Beijing, China on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 to discuss the role of industrial policy in a changing global trade system. Attention to industrial policy in both the industrialised and developing world is experiencing a renaissance in the twenty-first century. In order to foster competitiveness in a globalised market, governments today are likely to place a greater emphasis on promoting private sector investments in innovation and non-traditional economic activities. These new investments primarily focus on building domestic technological capacities and often involve public-private partnerships and innovative sustainable industrial policies. The aim is to have a holistic and long term impact on employment, poverty, and the environment.

Despite these many new features and initiatives, little attention has been paid to the link between new industrial policy and the WTO in the twenty-first century. Although the WTO already has many rules relating to industrial policies, such as GATT Article XVIII, agreements on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, TRIMS, TRIPS, GATS and several provisions relating to special and differential treatment, a review of these agreements in relation to “new” industrial policies across the entire spectrum of economic activities in manufacturing, agriculture, and services has not been considered in depth.

This expert group will analyse the motivation and instruments used at the domestic level as well as those resulting from the web of regional trade and international investment agreements. It will also review the effectiveness of the new industrial policies in order to glean key lessons from available experience and evidence on appropriate policy initiatives that enhance achievement of the objectives emphasised by new industrial policies, understand how these policies overlap with the existing WTO rules and disciplines, and discuss how the global trading system could and should respond to the renewed interest in such policies.

Attendance at this event was by invitation only.

 

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Reinvigorating Manufacturing: New Industrial Policy and the Trade System
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Friday, 30 May 2014 - 12:00am to Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 12:00am