Monthly Forum on Intellectual Property (IP) Negotiation Update - South Centre, 31 March, 2009

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The Innovation and Access to Knowledge Programme (IAKP) of the South Centre launched a new monthly forum on Intellectual Property (IP) Negotiation Update with the delegates of the Permanent Missions of the Member States of the Group of 77 and China. The inaugural forum was organized at the South Centre on 31 March, 2009 at 3 P.M.

ICC and Sudan: Finding justice in a power asymmetrical world
Vikas Nath, Coordinator, Intellectual Network of the South 

We do not live in a just world. Delivering justice to those who are repressed and have no voice is therefore a noble goal. It is only when justice starts to become a political tool that things start to become nebulous. And the act of delivering justice itself becomes unjust when it is not immune to power asymmetries and is only used against the weaker parties.

Financial collapse, systemic crisis?
Samir Amin, Director, Third World Forum

 The violent explosion of this crisis did not surprise us; I mentioned it a few months ago while the conventional economists were ignoring its coming development and consequences, especially in Europe. In order to understand it we must get rid of the conventional definition of the system which qualifies it as “neo-liberal” and “global”. This definition is superficial and masks the essential. The current capitalist system is dominated by a handful of oligopolies that control the basic decisions making of the world economy.

African Countries need to be cautious when approaching Economic Partnership Agreements
Aileen Kwa, Trade for Development Programme, South Centre, Geneva 

The way EPA has been conceived, based on the requirement for reciprocal market opening with the European Union (EU), is likely to bring more losses than gains for Africa. The gains are not much, as the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which make up 34 out of 47 African countries negotiating the EPAs, can avail of the Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential scheme of the EU. And the value of the preferences African countries will reap from an EPA will essentially become nil in about 5 to 10 years. It is of vital importance for developing and the least developed countries, that the options for industrialisation for future generations are not foreclosed.

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