23 November 2001
WTO Director-General meets with international agencies on trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building
Director-General Mike Moore convened a meeting today of representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the International Trade Centre, UNCTAD and the World Bank to discuss inter-agency cooperation in the light of the commitments on technical assistance and capacity-building emerging from the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha on 9-14 November 2001.
Agency representatives agreed to explore an appropriate mechanism for ensuring a proper coordination of efforts, building on existing cooperation and complementarities. They also agreed that the mechanism would be as simple and automatic as possible. In addition, work will be done to compile systematic information on the sources of technical assistance and details of programmes being carried out. The agency representatives will meet again shortly to further their work.