[Ip-health] SAVE THE DATE - 26 January 2016 Bangkok: Implications of the TPP and RCEP on Universal Health Coverage

Andrew S. Goldman andrew.goldman at keionline.org
Wed Jan 20 08:06:32 PST 2016


http://www.keionline.org/node/2413

Implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional
Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Universal Health Coverage

Knowledge Ecology International

26 January 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Lotus Suite 3. 22nd Floor
Centara Grand
Bangkok, Thailand

On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, Knowledge Ecology International will convene a
panel on the Implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Universal Health
Coverage in Bangkok, Thailand for participants attending the Prince Mahidol
Award Conference 2016 (PMAC 2016).

*Background:* International trade agreements have become an increasingly
important yet controversial mechanism by which governments attempt to
establish ground rules for a variety of policy fields. Where intellectual
property is concerned, these trade agreements often pit the desires of the
pharmaceutical and biotech industries against the needs of patients and the
constraints of government resources. This is most apparent in the recent
negotiation of the TPP, and in the continuing negotiations of the RCEP, and
others. This meeting will focus on the implications of such agreements on
universal health coverage.

*Objectives:* Detailed and substantive discussion of (1) specific
mechanisms in trade agreements that threaten access to affordable
medicines, such as patent linkage, expansions of patentable subject matter,
restrictions on compulsory licensing, patent extensions, data and marketing
exclusivity, limitations on remedies, and the investor-state dispute
settlement system; (2) issues of transparency in the negotiation process;
(3) a positive agenda for trade agreements that fosters the de-linkage of
the costs of biomedical R&D from the final product price of health
technologies.

Moderator: Thiru Balasubramaniam - Geneva Representative, Knowledge Ecology
International

*Part 1: The implication of the Trans Pacific Partnership on Universal
Health Coverage*

Speaker: Andrew Goldman - Counsel for Policy and Legal Affairs, Knowledge
Ecology International

Speaker: Dr. Inthira Yamabhai - Health Intervention and Technology
Assessment Program

*Part 2: The implications of the Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership on Universal Health Coverage*

Speaker: Chalermsak Kittitrakul - AIDS Access Foundation

*Part 3: Reconciling the policy incoherence between achieving the right to
health and fulfilling trade obligations of the Trans Pacific Partnership
and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership*

Speaker: Shiba Phurailatpam - Director, Asia Pacific Network of People
Living with HIV (APN +) and Member of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to
Medicines

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Andrew S. Goldman
Counsel, Policy and Legal Affairs
Knowledge Ecology International
andrew.goldman at keionline.org // www.twitter.com/ASG_KEI
tel.: +1.202.332.2670
www.keionline.org



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