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I am delighted to present the WTO this donation on behalf of my Government,
said Mr Harbinson. The WTO does excellent work to provide technical assistance to
economies at different stages of development. Much work cannot be funded from the main
budget and we are pleased that Hong Kong, China, can make a contribution to this important
area of work by the WTO.
On accepting the
donation on behalf of the WTO, Jan-Eirik Sorensen, Director of the WTO Secretariat's
Technical Cooperation and Training Division, said: The WTO is very pleased that Hong
Kong, China, has made this generous donation. A key aim of the WTO is to ensure that all
Members are fully able to participate in the multilateral trading system. This requires
much technical assistance. This donation will help us in achieving this aim.
Notes to Editors
September 1995, the Government of Norway made the first contribution to launch the WTO
Trust Fund to assist poorer and least-developed countries to participate actively in the
WTO and to take advantage of the new opportunities in international trade offered by the
WTO Agreement. The Fund is administered by the WTO Secretariat's Technical Cooperation and
funds from the regular WTO budget for technical cooperation and training activities have
been supplemented by additional funds, for specific programmes, from several WTO member
governments including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, European Union,
Finland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and
the United States.
January 1995 to July 1997, the WTO organized a total of 250 technical cooperation
activities, such as seminars, workshops, training courses, and technical missions.