This workshop was designed to familiarize stakeholders (i.e, relevant officials of the Ministries of Health, intellectual property offices, lawmakers, drug regulatory authorities, senior executives of local pharmaceutical manufacturers, civil society and academia) with, and sensitize them to, the full range of intellectual property (IP) tools available to improve access to essential medicines and to encourage the development of local productive and supply capacity in the pharmaceutical sector in East Africa.
Particular attention was paid to the obligations and flexibilities available under the TRIPS Agreement.
The participants in this regional workshop came from all Partner States of the EAC, namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda, as the beneficiary countries of UNCTAD´s joint technical cooperation activities with the Governments of Germany (BMZ) and the United Kingdom (DFID) in this area.
The workshop consisted of four main parts:
- Lectures on public health-related TRIPS flexibilities and their strategic use
- A role play on the use of these flexibilities
- A presentation of the outline and methodology of a comparative study on EAC Partner States´ (draft) patent laws
- A presentation of UNCTAD´s analysis of the national patent law of Tanzania