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NFN and TWN jointly organized a day workshop on the roles and responsibilities of Civil Society Organization’s (CSOs) in global trade rules and access to medicines in Nepal. The mian objectives of this workshop was to preliminary discuss, share on reflection and assessment on the global policy, issues and access to medicines. The session was facilitated by Ranja Sengupta, Senior Researcher and Head India Office, TWN. She invited Mr. Jit Ram Lama, Prisident, NFN to chair the opening session. Mr. Lama highlighted the necessity of the workshop along with sharing of the main objectives of the workshop. He further shared about accessibilities in terms of social inequalities, in line with the government’s policy, mission and avoid threats for access to medicines and healthcare facilities to needy people. While delivering the remark as the chief guest of the opening session, Honorable Dr. Usha Jha, Member National Planning Commission (NPC), Prof. Bishwajit Dhar, Jawaharalal Neharu University, New Delhi, India Dr. Pan Bdr Chhetri, Director General, Department of Drug Administration, MOHP, Dr. Shanta Lal Mulmi, Resource Center for Primary Helath Care and former NFN SG and KM Gopakumar, Senior Researcher and Legal Advisor, TWN shared and emphasized that globle trade rules and access to medicines in Nepal is very important and the medicines has to be accessable with reonable prices.

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Before commencing the second session, Mr. Arjun Bhattarai, Deputy Secretary General invited participants and chairperson of the session on Dias called upon Dr. Khem Karki, SOLID Nepal and Assistant Professions, Department of Community Medicine to chair the session, Prathibha Sivasubramanian, Researcher, TWN, Prerna Bomzan Researcher, TWN and Tilak Pandey, Lawyer heighted on WTO and agreement that Member States, including Nepal has signed and has to implement patent laws among other things, on medicines focused and highlighted on “Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) flexibilities and LDC Transition.  


After the Lunch third session was initiated by Mr. BB Thapa, Executive Director, NFN and requested Dr. Aruna Upereti to chair the session particularly discussion on “National Intellectual Property Policy of Nepal and Draft IP Bill 2019 in light of the TRIPS Agreement. Dr. uperity invited Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chair South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environemnt (SAWTEE), Mr. Madhusoodan pouydal IPPSON and KM Gopakumar, TWN. The paper presenters highlighted the major issues on property policy, draft bill and its challenges.

Ms. Ranja Sengupta, Senior Researcher and Head India Office, TWN chaired this session by inviting panelist and chief guest Dr. Usha Jha, Dr. Renu Adhikari and Profession Bishwajit Dhar. Prior inviting speakers, Ms. Ranja shared her learning from this workshop and emphasis on challenges to access medicines and future strategies on this major agenda as way forward. Dr Renu shared and highlighted the practical problem on health issues and reminded health Acts so far tabled in the parliament and our input and influence for the favor of the needy people. After her presentation, Prof. Biswajit shared his experiences and reminded his work together with Dor Posh in preparing joint position paper on globle trade during 2005. Right after his presentation, Dr. Usha jrha shared the government policy, its future plan in this very important subject matter.

The session was again took lead by Ranja and invited Mr. Ram Pd. Subedi, Secratery General of NFN to highlights his impression including to end the final speech. Finally, he closed the session by stating that this workshop has remained memorable and highly vibrant in terms of high level of participants, speakers ‘impressive presentation, participant’s pro-activeness in learning and outcomes that are indeed crucial for Globle Trade rules and access of medicines. He further highlighted that NFN will coordinate with WTN, respective stakeholders and the government to accelerate this process organize campaigns in this particularly areas of concerned which CSOs engagement is highly thrusts and required.