Past Programmes

Centad organized a half day seminar to refocus on the issue of the food crisis in developing countries, which is a translation of the broader agricultural crisis.

An Expert workshop on the FTA negotiations between EU and India took place in Berlin, at the Heinrich Boll Foundation office, on 27th and 28th of April, 2009. The aim was to exchange information as well as add to a common understanding of the impact of this FTA, especially on India, from a development perspective.

In the wake of the global economic crisis and the urgent need for policymakers to rethink the nature and patterns of economic growth and investment in order to make the development paradigm more sustainable, economically as well as environmentally, more than seventy experts on Climate Change from twenty countries gathered in Bangkok on 30th April in a two day conference on Asia Regional Dialogue on Trade and Climate Change.

Public Health Foundation of India along with Centad organized the 1st Briefing and Consultative Meeting on Select Agenda Items of the 62nd World Health Assembly, 2009 on the 13th of May this year. Participants included public interest organizations, researchers, academicians and pharmaceutical industry representatives. The meeting was held to discuss some of the contemporary health concerns in India as well as other developing and least developed countries in the wake of upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) viz. the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPOA) and role and responsibilities of WHO on health research.

To commemorate World Fair Trade Day on May 9, 2009, CENTAD collaborated with Fair Trade Forum, India and hosted the event in Agra in close association with a local producers’ organisation named Pushpanjal. The theme of the seminar was “climate change, fair trade and its impact on human life.” Mr. Paul Myers, the President of WFTO graced the occasion as the chief guest of the day.

Reported by : Tirthankar Mandal, Centad

The NGOs meeting held between 12-15th May, 2009 at Copenhagen was attended by the leading climate activists from around the world. The workshop was divided into working groups and the plenary sessions.

Indian copyright law recognizes different types of limitations and exceptions keeping in mind the special needs of our society. Though in compliance with the international mandates, in the context of digital technology these provisions need careful study and critical examination. The national conference was designed to facilitate this.

Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN), University of Edinburgh, and Centre for Trade and development (Centad) jointly organized a two day workshop on 'Universal Access and Rational Therapy- A Dissemination Workshop of Tracing Pharmaceuticals in South Asia (TPSA) Project' on the 8th and 9th of April, 2009 at India International Centre Annexe, New Delhi.

The Centre for Trade and Development organised a lecture by Prof. Ajit Singh (Cambridge) on the 24th July, 2009. Titled “Global Economic Crisis: An Optimistic Scenario”, the lecture was the inaugural for the Trade and Finance Programme of Centad.

During a discussion meeting on "EU Competition Commission's Report on the Pharmaceutical Sector: What Lessons for India?" held at Centad Conference Room, the main reasons behind delayed entry of generic medicines into the market and decrease in the quantity of the novel drugs in reaching the market were cited. According to reports, companies’ indulgence in extending commercial life of their products without generic entry and loopholes in the regulatory model are the key areas of concern.

December 2009 is an important year for all the developing and developed countries including India, as climate change negotiations are scheduled to take place at Copenhagen, Denmark. India occupies a center position in the talks. India’s submissions to the UNFCCC included issues based on Shared Vision, Mitigation actions, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, Enhancing Action on Climate Change, Finance, Technology Transfer Mechanism, Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, Land Use, Land Use Change & Forestry, Improvements to Emission Trading and Project Based Mechanism.

Briefing on the consultation meet, the Associate Fellow at Centad Mr. Yogesh Pai said that the suggestions put forth by the Committee on Price Negotiations for Patented Drugs and Medical Devices need to be discussed and considered. According to him, proposals intended to control the prices of patented medicines need close analysis and response.

Centre for WTO Studies at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade organized a two day National Seminar on Geographical Indications (GIs) on the 24th and 25th of September, 2009. The theme of the national seminar “Geographical indications: where do the Indian interests lie?”, was primarily meant to evaluate the domestic and international protection of GIs in the Post TRIPS context.

Global warming will lead to “changes in all components of the freshwater system,” and “water and its availability and quality will be the main pressures on, and issues for, societies and the environment under climate change. Climate change also aggravates the water crisis increasingly felt in many places around the world. This situation requires a response that goes far beyond the targets of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Trade and Finance programme team members of Centad participated in a conference on the IMF reforms. This was an important step towards Centre’s networking and advocacy for reforms in the Bretton Woods institutions, which have assumed a renewed significance in the post economic crisis global scenario.

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences- NUJS- (NUJS IPR Chair with IPTLS and Share) organised a conference on “Publicly Funded Patents and Technology Transfer: A Review of the Indian Bayh Dole” on the 12th of September 2009 at the NUJS Auditorium, Salt Lake, Kolkata.

The high level conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Transfer were concluded on 22 October 2009 at New Delhi and it came in the backdrop of rumours that India was keen for a new deal and ready on a fresh slate.

Mr. Linu Mathew Philip, Executive Director, Centad warmly welcomed all distinguished resource people and delegates attending the consultation. He began the introduction by stating the importance of platform technology as an inter-phase to access medicine, in a time when pathogens were getting more resilient and there are fewer technologies to take on these issues. Mr. Philip also mentioned about Centad’s dreams of access to medicines by taking on the policy issues effectively and aggressively. To make policies enable in such a way that people can have access to medicines and access to innovations, adding that technologies can find a good solution to these existing disease and the diseases that maybe coming in the course of time.

International Gender Policy Network (IGPN) and Women in Development Europe (WIDE) jointly organized a Conference entitled "Gender Equality, Trade and Development: Introduction to EU Trade and Development Policies and Its Implications for Gender Equality in 2010" at Prague, Czech Republic from March 22-23, 2010. Ms. Ranja Sengupta, Research Fellow from Centad was invited to give a presentation on gender differentiated impacts of the EU Free Trade Agreement with India to have different perspectives amongst participants.