Mike Moore's speeches
Renato Ruggiero's speeches,
Mr. Niels Helveg Petersen, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Denmark's
contribution in his address to the Seattle Ministerial Conference on 1 December 1999.
The WTO must be able to respond favourably to requests for technical
assistance, he said. The newly established Global Trust Fund is important in
this regard. Mr. Helveg Petersen added that the present situation, marked by
insufficient funding as well as by financing by a few Members through voluntary
contributions outside the budget is unsustainable. Technical assistance should be financed
as part of the ordinary WTO budget.
Current demand for
technical assistance from developing and least-developed countries considerably outweighs
WTO's financial capacities. A group of countries including Denmark, as well as
Director-General Mike Moore, have proposed that CHF 10 million be included in the regular
WTO budget for technical cooperation. It is proposed that the figure be phased in over a
three-year period starting from the year 2000.