[Ip-health] The Bangladesh Today Allow TRIPS waiver for LDCs until they are developed

Sangeeta Shashikant ssangeeta at myjaring.net
Tue May 14 23:23:52 PDT 2013

The Bangladesh Today


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 at a press conference on
 Saturday urged 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), says a press

They also urged 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 informed 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
presented related papers on these during press conference. The group
urged Ambassadors of the developed countries in Dhaka to convey this
concern to their capital.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD moderated the press conference while
Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD gave the welcome address. On behalf of
the group Barkat Ullah Maruf of EquityBD read 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 Krishak Federation, Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust
 gave speech and answered to different questions. The group also
includes CSRL, NCCB, PRAN, Humanity watch, Angikar, Online Knowledge
Society, and BIPNetCCBD.

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