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on Technical Cooperation
In the course of a brief signing ceremony, Ambassador de Jong of the
Netherlands and Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi expressed their
common conviction that the new programme would be instrumental in bolstering
the capacity of beneficiary countries to participate in the ongoing and
intensifying negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda.
After warmly welcoming the generous contribution from the Netherlands, which
has been a staunch supporter of the WTO's technical assistance programme, Dr Supachai expressed his confidence that direct WTO work experience would be
an innovative way of building sustainable capacity for effective
participation in the multilateral trading system.
The Dutch Government is contributing a total of 2 million euros over four
years for the financing of the internship programme. This is in addition to
the existing Dutch contribution to the WTO Global Trust Fund for technical
The aim of the Trainee Programme, which is scheduled to start on 1 April
2005, is to assist in the economic and social development of the countries
concerned, in areas related to trade policy, by providing officials from
beneficiary countries an opportunity to work on specific topics under the
direction of staff members of the organization. Particular attention will be
given to African countries. It is expected that up to 20 trainees may
participate in the programme each year.