The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
(ICTSD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD) are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on
means to encourage technology transfer to Least Developed Countries
Developing countries, in general, see technology transfer as
part of the bargain in which they agreed to strengthened intellectual
property protection under the TRIPS Agreement. The TRIPS Agreement
includes a number of specific provisions in this regard. Most
notably, Article 66.2 requires developed countries to provide
incentives for to enterprises and institutions in their territories
for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer
to LDCs in order to enable them to create a sound and viable
technological. LDCs have expressed their wish to see this requirement
to be implemented in a more effective manner.
Prof. Dominique Foray, a leading economist on knowledge and
innovation from l'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,
will present the results of a report entitled "Technology Transfer
in the TRIPS Age - The Need for New Types of Partnerships between
the Least Developed and Most Advanced Economies". The report
explores ways to improve technology transfer to LDCs and focuses
on the need for public-private partnerships to achieve this
(attached is a summary of the report).
Pre-registration by 12 June 2008 is required due to limited
space and security requirements.
Please e-mail: Mercedes.email@example.com
or call +41 22 917 44 19; fax +41 22 917 01 97.