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South Centre and African Union capacity building for African countries on the effective use of TRIPS flexibilities to protect public health, 18-19 December 2019, Cape Town

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Progress in health is essential to the achievement of the Agenda 2030 and African aspirations for 2063 as agreed by the Assembly of the African Union. The Agenda 2030 includes a commitment to “provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all.” The objective of the seminar is to increase the institutional capacity of patent offices and relevant authorities in African countries to effectively use the flexibilities of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to protect public health. The seminar will foster dialogue among patent authorities and discuss policy options as well as provide specialized training to patent examiners on substantive examination of pharmaceutical patents.

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