Monday, February 27, 2006

Notes from WIPO PCDA, Feb 24

This were my notes from last friday, Feb 24. Judit Rius, CPTech


The first session of the PCDA finished a few minutes ago.

The tangible results of this week of discussions are two documents:

a) A draft summary by the chair with an annex of 45 proposals, from Chile, Colombia, the African Group and the United States; and

b) A list of 66 proposals presented by the 15 countries of the Group of Friends of Development (FoD).

The chairman announced his intention to produce a unique list of proposals that will be the basis for discussions at the second PCDA, scheduled for June 26 to 30, 2006. With controversy, the delegates from the Member States decided that the proposals will be listed without indicating their source/proposer.

The proposals are organized in 6 main categories or clusters:
* Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
* Norm-Setting, Flexibilities, Public Policy and Public Domain
* Technology Transfer, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Access to Knowledge
* Assessments, Evaluation and Impact Studies
* Institutional Matters including Mandate and Governance
* Other issues

Overall, the PCDA has been interesting. Specially, the substantive discussions during the presentation of the Chilean proposal, and the excellent interventions of the delegates from Brazil, Argentina (on behalf of the FoD Group), Chile and Nigeria (on behalf of the African Group).

Yesterday, the interventions were especially intense between Rumania and Brazil. During the discussion of the US proposal that the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement discusses and analyzes the relationship between the rates of counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual property and technology transfer, foreign direct investment and economic growth and that the WIPO Secretariat assists in the collection of data on piracy rates. Rumania defended the U.S proposal; while, Brazil and most of the developing countries were for a national solution of the counterfeiting/piracy problem and the recognition that this is not a development agenda problem but a global one.

More information on the last day of the PCDA can be found here:

Gwen Hinze (EFF) post :

And Pedro Paranagua (FGV) post (in Portuguese):