11 September 2003
Austria contributes 310.000 Swiss francs to WTO technical assistance
The Government of Austria, on 10 September 2003, pledged to contribute 310,000 Swiss francs to the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund of the WTO.
“For the second time, Austria makes a substantial contribution to the DDA Global Trust Fund,” Minister Bartenstein said. “Announcements by leaders of the developed world should be followed by concrete action,” he added. “We strongly support the idea that developing countries should be offered a level playing field through a joint effort to build up their capacities. I am, therefore, proud that my country contributes 310.000 Swiss francs to the Fund.”
“I thank Austria for its great generosity,” said Dr. Supachai. “Thanks to such contributions, we have been able to greatly improve WTO technical assistance activities. While the participation of developing and least-developed countries in the work of the WTO has significantly increased, there is still much that can be done to help them truly benefit from the multilateral trading system”.
The Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund was created following the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, in November 2001, which launched a new round of negotiations.