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Report of the Inter-Regional Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in the Context of Traditional Medicine (Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 December 2000)
(2001; 52 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. The role of intellectual property rights in the context of traditional medicine
View the document3. Globalization, the TRIPS Agreement and access to essential drugs
View the document4. Intellectual property rights
View the document5. Systems and national experience for protecting traditional knowledge, innovations and practices
Open this folder and view contents6. Problems and gaps in traditional medicine in relation to modern patent laws
View the document7. Group discussion on existing problems and gaps for the protection of traditional medicine knowledge
Open this folder and view contents8. Presentations on national patent law: means, experiences and proposals
View the document9. Recommendations
View the documentAnnex I. Message to the Workshop from Dr Uton Muchtar Rafei, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia Region
View the documentAnnex II. Welcome address from Dr Mongkol Na Songkhla, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
View the documentAnnex III. Workshop Agenda
View the documentAnnex IV. List of Participants
 

Annex II. Welcome address from Dr Mongkol Na Songkhla, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Dr. Doberstyn,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to welcome all distinguished participants attending the Inter-Regional Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in the Context of Traditional Medicine today.

Nowadays, many countries around the world are competing hard to develop their own society and economy, especially commerce. Thus, it is the right time and very essential for patents to be addressed. Though the developed countries are in a more advantageous position - they have high technology offering more potential - they, too, are facing problems. They do not want anyone to copy their intellectual property. As a result, they have developed patent legislation. Anyone who would like to copy, he or she must get approval and pay the fee first, as well as having to agree the contract and conditions, on which the developed countries have the monopoly.

By contrast, the developing countries are facing problems, learning the high technology from the developed countries. So, the developing countries are always in trouble with the patent law, because some kinds of medicines are very expensive. They cannot produce them by themselves, so they have to depend on developed countries.

Developing countries have their own intellectual property of culture and indigenous knowledge that should be organized. This includes the concept of promoting the use of herbal medicine at low cost. It is only fair to do so.

I believe that with the interest of the World Health Organization in intellectual property rights protection for traditional medicine, and its financial support to mobilize so many countries like these to work together to develop strategies for protecting traditional medicine knowledge, resources and biodiversity, there will be fair and equitable sharing of the benefits of using medicinal plants in the future.

In closing, on behalf of the Ministry of Public Health, I would like to express my appreciation to the World Health Organization for its kind support and cooperation as well as to all the other participating countries for their contributions - all of which have made this useful workshop possible.

May I once again extend a warm welcome to all of you as well as wish you a successful and productive Workshop and a pleasant stay in Thailand.

Thank you.

 

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