November 4, 2016
Opening Statement The 18th Committee on Development and Intellectual Property of the World Intellectual Property Organization
We are very pleased to see you again, guiding our work in this Committee. Please be assured of Indonesia’s full support and cooperation in rendering this Committee a success. We also wish to thank the Secretariat for all the preparation work.
My delegation would like to associate itself with the statement made by India on behalf of the Asia and the Pacific Group.
Global growth is projected to slow to 3.1 percent in 2016 before recovering to 3.4 percent in 2017. The world economy is still recovering from the global financial crisis. However, recovery has not firmly entrenched and few risks remain. On top of that, we are faced with new challenges, many of which require collective action. The renewed global partnership for development underpinning the 2030 agenda for sustainable development (the SDGs) has been set to face these challenges and enable transformative changes.
In today’s increasingly integrated world, the SDGs must be conceived as a truly global agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries, based on a strong commitment to engage in collective actions that require supports from both developed and developing countries.
With that spirit, WIPO is in the position to build on the strengths of the current global partnership for development while going beyond its present framework in making sure that the global IP system works for the benefit of investment and innovation as well as for assisting member countries in their development. WIPO’s contribution to the attainment of the SDGs will bring benefit for all countries and the global economy. Accordingly, Indonesia support the proposal submitted by Brazil for the inclusion of a standing agenda item on the implementation of SDGs in the CDIP.
One of WIPO strategic goals is to facilitate the use of IP for Development. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO has a mission to develop a balanced and accessible international IP system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation, and contributires to economic development.
With that in the background, mainstreaming development elements in various WIPO Committees should not be seen as a one-time event, it is long term on-going process that needs to be implemented collectively and consistently. Furthermore, efforts in mainstreaming development elements should not only mean re-packaging WIPO programs and activities in a development package. Mainstreaming development elements should also bring about real results in the contribution of IP to economic development, especially for developing countries.
Therefore, Indonesia supports all efforts to review the implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations. We welcome the recommendations listed in the Report on the Independent Review of the Implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations in the document CDIP/18/7. We are calling for further actions and follow-up for the implementations of those recommendations in the report. Furthermore, we would also like to recall the 2010 WIPO General Assembly decision which stated “upon consideration of that review, the CDIP may decide on a possible further review”.
Indonesia also welcome the progress report in the document CDIP/18/2. We have studied the progress report and in relation to the findings and recommendations in the Independent Review report, we would like to highlight the importance of the inclusion of financial and human resources allocation in the progress report. Moreover, DA projects should be more efficient and sustainable, especially those that involves various national agencies outside of the IP Office. Furthermore, Indonesia also sees the importance of a mechanism for the CDIP to be able to assess the extent of DA mainstreaming in completed DA projects.
My delegation would like to once again congratulate WIPO for the success of the “International Conference on IP and Development” held this year. Many elements discussed should be explored further to guide us on how to implement WIPO Development Agenda Recommendations. My delegation notes that the conference highlights the importance of different approaches and policies for each country in developing its own IP system. From the conference, we also note the importance of effectively implementing TRIPS flexibilities, especially for developing countries.
Indonesia perceives flexibilities as an integral part of the IP system. My delegation encourages the implementation of point 14 of the Development Agenda Recommendations. WIPO and related international organization(s) shall make available advice to developing countries and LDCs on the understanding of flexibilities contained in the TRIPS Agreement. CDIP should facilitate the full use of IP flexibilities to craft a greater developmental role for IP protection as a tool of economic growth.
Indonesia attaches the importance of South-South Cooperation. We hope that CDIP could not only listing some possible projects, but also put a guidelines of how South-South Cooperation should be conducted. Indonesia proposes this issues to be discussed. In this opportunity, in line with the Statement of the Asia and the Pacific Group, my delegation supports further discussion on the promotion of full use of IP flexibilities; and South-South sharing of experiences on the protection of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions.
To conclude, let me reiterate our support to the works of this Commitee. We look forward to contribute to the meeting, and hope for a fruitful and productive meeting.
I thank you.