The technical assistance programme will consist of
training courses given by WTO and ITD Secretariats officials. The
courses will start this year and will be jointly funded by WTO and ITD.
“I am delighted to start this new collaboration
with the International Institute for Trade and Development”, Dr.
Supachai said. “The round of negotiations we launched at the Doha
Ministerial Conference covers many areas, all highly complex. I am
glad we can now count on the partnership of the ITD to increase
knowledge of WTO issues in developing and least developed countries”.
“This agreement will institutionalize the
cooperation relationship between WTO and ITD”, said Amb. Xuto. “Through this new instrument, ITD intends to organize a workshop
on trade and services jointly with WTO and the United Nations
Secretariat for the Asian and Pacific region in summer 2003”.
The International Institute for Trade and Development
is the product of a cooperation agreement between the Royal Thai
Government and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD). It was officially inaugurated on 1 May 2002 and its
headquarters are located on the campus of Chulalongkorn University,