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today pledged 4 million Dutch Guilders (around $2.3 million) for the WTO's technical
cooperation activities. At a signing ceremony at the WTO's headquarters,
H.E. Mrs. Evelien Herfkens made the contribution on behalf of the Permanent
Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The contribution will go towards the WTO's
technical cooperation activities for developing countries and economies in transition.
Netherlands announced its intention to assist the WTO with its technical cooperation
activities at the WTO's Ministerial Conference in Singapore last December. At the time,
H.E. Mrs. Anneke Van Dok-Van Weele, Minister of Foreign Trade of the
Netherlands, emphasized the need for developing countries as well as economies in
transition to participate fully in the WTO. In this context, she stressed the importance
of technical cooperation in assisting countries to benefit fully from the multilateral
contribution will be placed in a trust fund which the WTO established last year for
voluntary contributions from its Members for technical cooperation activities.