30 June 2020

The Tech Access Partnership: Addressing the Current Pandemic and Harnessing the IP Opportunity for Developing Countries

On May 12, 2020, the United Nations (UN) Technology Bank, together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the Tech Access Partnership (TAP) as part of a coordinated approach to strengthen developing countries’ responses to COVID-19 and increase access to lifesaving health technologies.

As demand for personal protective equipment, medical devices and diagnostics increases rapidly amid the global pandemic, countries with limited resources are often unable to purchase or produce the tools they need to mount effective responses to COVID-19. Lack of access to technical expertise and training, combined with regulatory frameworks, limits local production of essential equipment in these regions, particularly for more complex products such as ventilators.

TAP aims to address severe shortages of essential health technologies and equipment by connecting manufacturers with vital expertise and emerging manufacturers in developing countries to share the information, technical expertise and resources necessary to scale up production of these tools. The partnership will also support countries in the development of affordable technologies and equipment that meet quality and safety standards.

TAP will be led by the UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries, established in 2016 to assist governments with the development and adaptation of new technologies. The initiative, which is open to all developing countries, will be supported by its core partners: UNDP, UNCTAD and the WHO.

In his keynote address at LSPN Connect on Tuesday June 30, Joshua Setipa, managing director of the UN Technology Bank, will share his views on addressing the current pandemic and explain how the TAP aims to supports developing countries to scale up local production of vital health technologies needed to combat COVID-19, including personal protective equipment, diagnostics and medical devices such as ventilators.

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