Dakar Workshop

Regional Workshop on technology transfer and public health, from 10 to 12 April 2017, Hotel N’Diambour, Dakar, Senegal

The workshop was organized by Yolse in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Senegal, UNCTAD, UNDP and UNAIDS.

The objective was the promotion of a national coordination mechanism on access to medicines and pharmaceutical innovation to enable the implementation of the LDC transition period for pharmaceuticals (2033) and local production of generics.

The participants were the Directors of the Pharmacy, Medicine and Laboratories Departments (DPML), the Directors of the National Liaison Services with the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) who are under the authority of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. They came from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

The meeting focused on the following points:

1. Preconditions for technology transfers in the pharmaceutical field
2. The practical implementation of the transitional period obtained on 6 November 2015 following the decision of the TRIPS Council in favor of LDCs
3. The introduction to the examination of the criteria of patentability
4. The recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines
5. The launch of the concept of “Interministerial Commission dedicated to access to medicines and the promotion of pharmaceutical innovation”.

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