Oscar Knapp, of the State Secretariat for the Economy of the
Government of Switzerland signed today a Memorandum of Understanding
with WTO Deputy Director-General, Paul-Henri Ravier.
the view of Switzerland, the creation of the DDA GTF is clearly in
line with the mandate received in Doha, and responds to the growing
needs of developing countries and specifically least-developed
countries”, Amb. Knapp said.
added, “We would like to associate ourselves with the international
community in order to promote participation of developing countries in
the multilateral trade system. We are putting at the disposal of the
Global Trust Fund a contribution of 1.5 million Swiss Francs shared
over two years and reaffirm the importance of the WTO Secretariat’s
New Strategy for WTO Technical Cooperation”.
am particularly grateful to Switzerland for its donation to the WTO
Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund”, said DDG Ravier. “This
contribution is in accordance with the December 2001 decision by the
WTO General Council to establish a sound and predictable basis for
funding WTO Trade-Related Technical Assistance (TRTA). Switzerland’s
contribution will help to build capacity for developing countries to
participate in negotiations, advance their interests, conclude
agreements and implement them”.