Workshops – Botswana

Botswana workshop, Gaborone, 25-27 March 2013

“The implementation of TRIPS flexibilities in national IP legislation for strengthening access to medicines in Botswana”

Organised by UNDP-SARPAM-Botswana Government

Concept note

Workshop programme

Workshop report

Action Brief

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Presentations:

Tuesday 26 March – Workshop day 1: Co-chairs: MOH and Ministry of Trade and Industry
•    08:45 Workshop objectives (Peter, NACA)
•    09:00 Opening by Government official (Richard Matlhare, National Coordinator, NACA)
•    09:15 Short introductions of SARPAM (Wilbert) and UNDP (Tinaye)
•    09:30 Access to medicines policy & issues in Botswana (Botsang John, MOH)
•    10:00 Procurement of patented and other essential medicines (Farook, CMS)
•    10:30 Overview of patents, TRIPS, flexibilities & Access to Medicines (Katie, UNDP)
•    11:00 Assessment of the status of implementation of the TRIPS Flexibilities (Elijah)
•    11:30 Botswana IP situation (Timothy Moalusi, IP Registrar)
•    12:15 Discussion
•    12:45 Instructions for group work; allocation to groups (Wilbert)
•    13:00 Lunch
•    14:00 Sector specific working groups (legal & trade, health, civil society, private sector)
•    15:15 Tea
•    15:30 Plenary presentation group work (each 5 mins)
•    16:00 Discussion
•    17:00 End of day 1 (options for specific meetings)
•    18:00 Cocktail reception with external guests
•    18:30 Guest of honour (UNDP RC/RR; short speech)
•    20:00 End

Wednesday 27 March – Workshop day 2: Co-chairs NACA, Attorney General’s Chambers
•    08:30 Brief overview of previous day (Peter, Aarti)
•    08:45 Presentation of the SADC Pooled Procurement strategy (Aarti Patel)
•    09:15 Options for regional production and procurement of anti-retrovirals using TRIPS art 31.bis (Elijah, Wilbert)
•    09:45 Options for national production
•    10:15 Coffee
•    10:30 4 Working groups (mixed, on specific topics; including drafting way forward)
1.    IP WG: Enabling TRIPS Flexibilities in the Industrial Property Act 2010
2.    AtM WG: Implications for Botswana Medicines Policy / Legislation  / Procurement / Production
3.    TORs for a multisectorial Technical Working Group
4.    Options for regional (SADC) collaboration, pooled procurement and production
•    12:30 Lunch
•    13:30 Plenary presentation & way forward
o    panel discussion (one from each working group; responses from each sector – government, private sector, civil society, development partners)
•    15:00 Tea
•    15:15 Presentation of draft Recommendations
•    15:45 Presentation of outline for a possible policy brief
•    16:15 Wrap up by chair
•    16:30 Closure by Mrs Sel Halabi, DPS MOH

 

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