Don't trade our lives away

Source : Medicins Sans Frontieres

26th February,2013

JOHANNESBURG – This week the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sponsors a high-level forum to discuss harnessing intellectual property (IP) to encourage African economic development and prosperity. Yet the DTI’s own new draft Policy on Intellectual Property still languishes out of sight and mind for most South Africans who will be directly affected.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) demand an explanation from Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies as to why the submission of the DTI’s long-awaited IP draft policy to Cabinet and the subsequent public comment period continues to be delayed – despite six months of public assurances that the DTI would do so.

The DTI’s latest promise of a submission by early-February 2013 has now passed.

The ‘African IP Forum’ (hosted from 26-27 February in Midrand), brings together…

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