Thursday, September 25, 2003

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In the giving phase of life

Novartis India vice-chairman and MD Ranjit Shahani discusses the issues confronting the Indian pharmaceuticals industry today

John P Matthew
25 September 2003

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Business Standard ... PROFILE
Azim Premji
"According to him, what is important is not your existing knowledge alone, but your ability to keep refreshing it dynamically. "Long ago, I learnt that the future is not what happens to you, but what you make of it. Do not wait for opportunity to come your way. Actively search for opportunities and grab them when you see them. Accept the certainty of uncertainty. Things no longer hapen in a linear, predictable manner. Use yor imagination. Sometimes experience creates fixed patterns that come in the way of imagination," he said.

Monday, September 15, 2003

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[Ip-health] Re. Para 6 Solution of the Doha Declaration, Article 30 of TRIPS and Non-Prohibition of Exports under theTRIPS Agreement: "This article is an analysis of the
position of export in the TRIPS Agreement in terms of the patenting
provisions in various countries particularly in the USA and the EC
because of its direct relevance to the solution of para 6 of the Doha
Declaration. The analysis suggests that there was no loophole as
insisted by the USA in the TRIPS Agreement regarding absence of
provision permitting export to the countries which do not have
significant manufacturing capacities. The article starts from
discussing that presence of Article 31(f) of TRIPS stipulating that
manufacture under compulsory licensing is predominantly for domestic
market cannot be read as affecting the whole of the TRIPS Agreement.
The analysis of patent acts of various significant players in the
field of intellectual property such as the US, the EC and Japan in
terms of judicial decisions ranging from various judgments of the US
Supreme Courts and other relevant courts apart from the TRIPS
Agreement confirm that the patenting is territorial which resolves
into absence of any patenting monopoly on export of patented products.
The analysis also confirms that the related measures like =E2=80="

Saturday, September 13, 2003

EU to increase textile imports from Pakistan

By Shadaba Islam

LUXEMBOURG, Oct 29: The European Union is sticking to plans to increase textile and clothing imports from Pakistan as of January 1, 2002 despite objections raised by Portugal and Spain, EU trade chief Pascal Lamy said on Monday.

"We will ensure that necessary decisions are taken so that trade opportunities for Pakistan start next year," Lamy said following talks with EU foreign ministers.

"We do not expect a delay in our legislative procedure which requires approval of the EU textile plan by all 15 EU governments and the European Parliament," Lamy said.

The EU trade chief insisted that the textile deal with Pakistan was based on "reciprocal access," with Pakistan committed to lowering its tariffs on EU imports in exchange for increased market opportunities in the Union.

Asked if the agreement with Pakistan could become a model for other textile-exporting countries including India, Lamy said: "No agreement is a precedent."

Portugal has voiced worries that the expected rise in Pakistani exports of textile and clothing could hurt its domestic textile sector.

European textile exporters are also up in arms against Lamy's "Trade for Peace" package and have accused the trade commissioner of turning his back on the European textile sector.

"This is a flagrant example of European textile and clothing interests being sacrificed to serve a wider purpose," said a statement issued by Euratex which lobbies for the European textile industry.

Instead of market-opening measures which will provoke job losses in Europe, Euratex said the EU should give Pakistan 3 euros per head of the EU population.

EU diplomats admit that the resistance from Portugal and Spain runs counter to recent EU promises to help Pakistan cope with the economic and political fall-out from the United States military action in Afghanistan. But they remain confident that the opposition can be overcome, possibly through a move to give special assistance to Portugal's textile sector.

Lamy's proposals call for the elimination of all European Union tariffs of Pakistani garments and textiles and a 15 per cent increase in Pakistan's textile quotas.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Policies Programmes & Initiatives46. Urea is the only fertilizer which is under price, movement and distribution control and whose imports are made on Government account. The Quantitative Restrictions (QRs) on urea have to be lifted w.e.f. 1.4.2001. The freeing of QRs, including those on urea, is a commitment India has entered into in an Agreement with USA in December, 1999 following the ruling of the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO that India’s QRs were not justified on balance of payments grounds. As urea is a controlled fertilizer, removal of QRs will have a major impact on the domestic industry. Another important issue relates to DAP which is a decontrolled fertilizer since 24.8.1992 and whose imports have been decanalized with effect from 17.9.1992. This fertilizer is freely importable and there are no quantitative restrictions on its imports but the country has also committed a bound rate of tariff of 5% on DAP. The indigenous producers of DAP are at a disadvantage as the raw materials/intermediates required for its production are not available in the country. Presently these are compensated by a higher rate of concession for indigenous DAP

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

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