’Public health related TRIPS-plus provisions in bilateral trade agreements: A policy guide for negotiators and implementers in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region’.

Mohammed K. El Said

The Policy Guide consists of six chapters and around 280 pages, published jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).

The main focus of this comprehensive policy guide—the first of its kind solely dedicated to the region—is to analyze the effect of bilateral trade agreements on public health regimes and access to medicines in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

It also aims at providing policy, technical guidance and assistance to policy-makers and practitioners with respect to intellectual property provisions included under bilateral trade agreements that potentially have an adverse effect on public health. It is needless to say that some of these issues are not confined to the region, but rather shared by the majority of other developing and least developed countries. Hence the importance of this policy guide and its applicability to other countries outside the Region.


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