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on Technical Cooperation
“I am very grateful to Spain for its contribution to WTO technical
assistance activities,” said WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi.
“Many of the WTO’s developing countries are Spanish speaking. They will
gain a lot from capacity-building tools such as distance learning.
Technical assistance is essential to enhance institutional and human
capacity in developing countries. Increasingly, developing countries are
expressing the desire to contribute more actively to the WTO debate. We
can help them, through technical assistance. We will only reach a
successful outcome to the Doha round of negotiations with the full
participation of all WTO Members.”
Alfredo Bonet, Spanish Secretary General for Foreign Trade, underlined
the “strong increase, for the second consecutive year, of the Spanish
contribution to the Global Trust Fund as a way of supporting the
participation of developing countries in the multilateral trading
system, in particular that of Latin American and Caribbean countries.”
The Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund finances activities which
aim to enhance developing countries’ participation in the WTO
negotiations. With this new pledge, the contribution of Spain to WTO
technical assistance activities since 1995 amounts to CHF 1,116,686.