on technical assistance
“We are engaged in a tremendous negotiating effort to ensure a
positive outcome at Cancún,” said Italian Ambassador Paolo Bruni.
“Italy, as a current holder of the European Union Presidency, shares a
particular sense of responsibility in this collective process. With this
contribution, we reaffirm our support for the Doha Development Agenda,
especially as the crucial meeting in Cancún draws near. The role of the
Global Trust Fund in strengthening the participation of developing and
least developed countries in the international trade round is key”.
“I thank Italy for its great generosity,” said WTO Director-General Dr.
Supachai. “Thanks to such contributions, we have been able to greatly
improve WTO technical assistance activities. While the participation of
developing and least developed countries in the work of the WTO has
significantly increased, there is still much that can be done to help
them truly benefit from the Multilateral Trading System”.
The Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund was created following the
WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, in November 2001, which launched a
new round of negotiations. In December 2002, the General Council
approved a target amount of CHF 24 million for 2003 for the Doha Trust
Fund. This new donation brings the total contributions pledged by Italy
to the Doha Trust Fund to more than CHF 3 million.
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