[Ip-health] Press release: Allow TRIPS waiver for LDCs until they are developed

Sangeeta Shashikant ssangeeta at myjaring.net
Mon May 13 13:14:45 PDT 2013

Press Release, 11th May 2013
Rights Group Condemn EU and USA for pushing ŒNo Roll Back¹ and allowing only
5 yrTRIPS waiver
Allow TRIPS waiver for LDCs until they are developed
Today in a press conference 18 right based organizations including labor and
farmers organizations led by EquityBD urge developed countries especially EU
and USA not to put ³no roll back² upon TRIPS (Trade Related Intellectual
Property Rights) waiver extension for Least Developed Countries (LDC). They
also urge developed countries to consider TRIPS waiver for LDC until they
are developed. The decision on the waiver will be taken in WTO¹s TRIPS
Council meeting in Geneva during 11 and 12th of June 2013.
The group informs that existing TRIPS waiver for LDC will over by June 2013.
In November 2012 Haiti on behalf of LDC had submitted an application to WTO
to provide TRIPS waiver for the LDC and some developed countries like
Australia, advanced developing countries like Brazil and India endorsed the
plea. Globally acclaimed academicians from more than 300 countries wrote a
letter to WTO to support this and even companies like Google and Yahoo also
supported the demand. The group presents related papers on these during
press conference. The group urges Ambassadors of the developed countries in
Dhaka to convey this concern to their capital.
Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD moderates the press conference while
Mr. Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD gives the welcome address. On behalf of
the group Barkat Ullah Maruf of EquityBD reads out the written statement.
Dr. Wajedul Islam Khan of Bangladesh Trade Union Centre, Monowar Mostafa of
Development Synergy Institute, Jahangir Hasan Masum of Coastal Development
Partnership, Desdemona Khan of VOICE, Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishok
Federation, Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust give speech and answer
to different questions. The group also includes CSRL, NCCB, PRAN, Humanity
watch, Angikar, Online Knowledge Society, and BIPNetCCBD.
In the statement the group presented several examples of historically
developed countries especially USA, Britain, Switzerland and Japan did not
follow any intellectual property rights (IPR) regime in their early stage of
development. In fact this denial had facilitated their industrial
development. Even in India pharmaceutical industry has been developed by the
flexibility of IPR regime.
The group criticizes EU and USA position which allows TRIPS waiver only for
next five year with a condition of ³no roll back². The speakers mention that
this Œno roll back¹ is against the spirit of TRIPS article 66.1 which
accepts flexibility thereof as a right of LDCs. They say, once no roll back
is implemented, LDC will not be able to apply for extension or partial
waiver of TRIPS agreement again.
Mr. Jahangir Hasan Masum of CDP mentions on behalf of the group that they
will form a greater alliance to run country wide campaign against WTO until
its forthcoming 9th Ministerial in Bali Indonesia in December ¹13.
Reported by:
Mostafa Kamal Akanda, Mobile +8801711455591
Barkat Ullah Maruf, Mobile +8801711222922
For details please visit; www.equitybd.org

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