This workshop was designed to familiarize and sensitize stakeholders (i.e, relevant officials of the Ministries of Health and Trade/Investment, intellectual property offices, lawmakers, drug regulatory authorities, senior executives of local pharmaceutical manufacturers, civil society and academia) of the full range of intellectual property (IP) tools to encourage the development of local productive and supply capacity in the pharmaceutical sector.
Particular attention was paid to the obligations and flexibilities available under the TRIPS Agreement.
The participants of this regional workshop were from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, as the beneficiary countries of UNCTAD´s joint technical cooperation activities with the Governments of Germany (BMZ and GTZ) and the United Kingdom (DFID) in this area.
The workshop consisted of three parts:
lectures on public health-related TRIPS flexibilities and their strategic use
a role play on these flexibilities
presentations of UNCTAD´s analyses of the national patent laws of Ethiopia and Tanzania