The workshop -convened in the context of the follow up to the
WHO Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation
and intellectual property- is organized by the International
Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in collaboration
with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD), and with the support of the World Health Organisation
(WHO) and the European Union (EU) Commission.
It will bring together a selected group of international experts
and policy-makers as well as other relevant stakeholders from
Africa in order to explore existing and new incentives, models,
and initiatives to facilitate transfer of technology in local
manufacturing for public health purposes. The workshop will
focus on informal interactive sessions designed to identify
core requirements as well the main challenges and options for
Africa in promoting transfer of technology in local production.
This workshop forms part of a broader project with the objective
of increasing access, especially of poor and least developed
countries, to medicines and vaccines of the poverty related,
tropical, and neglected as well as non-communicable diseases
through the promotion of technology transfer in local manufacturing.