Latin American Dialogue on Technology Transfer for Local Manufacturing Capacity on Drugs and Vaccines

18 March 2010 to 19 March 2010
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Avenida Corrientes 1334, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires

The “Latin American Dialogue on Technology Transfer for Local Manufacturing Capacity on Drugs and Vaccines”, organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) with the support of the WHO in Buenos Aires on 18 - 19 March 2010, will bring together a select group of international experts, firm representatives, policy-makers and relevant stakeholders from the region. The meeting forms part of a broader project led by the WHO, UNCTAD and ICTSD with the support of the EU with the objective of increasing access, especially of poor and excluded segments of society, to medicines and vaccines of the poverty related, tropical, neglected and non-communicable diseases through technology transfer in local manufacturing.

The objectives of the Dialogue are awareness-building and tangible progress in the implementation of the WHO Global strategy and plan of action on public health and intellectual property, with emphasis in the:

* Analysis of existing and exploration of new incentives, models, and initiatives to facilitate transfer of technology in local manufacturing for public health purposes;
* Identification of core requirements and challenges for promoting technology transfer in local manufacturing;
* Consideration of main regional options for promoting transfer of technology in local production.

Building on existing work and recent initiatives undertaken by WHO, UNCTAD and ICTSD the meeting will pay particular attention to the examination of recent trends and existing models but focus primarily on informal interactive sessions designed to identify core requirements as well the main lessons, challenges and options for promoting transfer of technology in local production in the region.