25 July 2005

Germany donates 1 million euros to WTO technical assistance

The German Government made, on 25 July 2005, a contribution of 1 million euros (CHF 1,544,000) to the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund. This donation will finance WTO technical assistance activities.

Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, Director-General of the WTO, said: “I thank Germany for its considerable and regular contributions to the Doha Fund. Germany's generosity plays an important role towards enhancing countries' participation in the Doha round of negotiations. Technical assistance is an essential tool to train developing countries' representatives and demand for it is high.”

With this new pledge, the contribution of Germany to the Doha Trust Fund since 2001 amounts to nearly CHF 6 million. 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.