Cambodia National Consultation on IP Needs Assessment and Policy

3 February 2010

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) are holding, in collaboration with the Government of Cambodia, a national workshop on the country's IP Needs Assessment and IP Policy, 09:00 to 17:00, February 3rd, 2010.

The objective of the workshop is to see the inputs and views of the relevant national stakeholders dealing with IP issues in order to prepare an assessment of IP technical cooperation needs for Cambodia as well as a development dimension of intellectual property report (DDIP).

In its decision of 29 November 2005 extending the transition period for least-developed countries (LDCs) to implement the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement), the World Trade Organization (WTO) Council for TRIPS also invited LDC Members to provide as much information as possible to the Council on their individual priority needs for technical and financial co-operation in order to assist them in taking steps necessary for the future implementation of the Agreement.

In this context, ICTSD received a request from Cambodia's Ministry of Trade to provide assistance to conduct a technical and financial cooperation needs assessment in order to respond to the TRIPS Council decision. At the same time, UNCTAD also received a request from the Ministry for Trade to provide assistance in the elaboration of a development dimension of intellectual property report (DDIP). UNCTAD and ICTSD have agreed to pool resources to carry out these activities.

The workshop of February 3rd will be followed by interviews with key stakeholders.