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The new donation will be allocated with 500,000 euros for financing
technical assistance activities contained in the Plan 2005. The Doha
Development Agenda Global Trust Fund finances activities which aim to
enhance developing countries' participation in the WTO negotiations.
Further amounts of 300,000 euros and 200,000 euros will go to the funds
for the Integrated Framework (IF) and the Standards and Trade
Development Facility (STDF) respectively. The IF supports
least-developed countries governments to expand their participation in
the global economy whereby enhancing their economic growth and poverty
reduction strategies. The STDF assists developing countries in improving
their expertise and capacity to analyze and implement international
sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards.
Italian Ambassador Paolo Bruni said: “As we are all engaged in a new
phase of the Doha negotiations where no efforts can be spared to ensure
a positive outcome at the Hong Kong Ministerial, these new contributions
reaffirm the support of Italy for developing countries to participate
fully in the world trading system and in the current trade negotiations.
The role of the WTO technical assistance programmes in strengthening the
integration of developing and least- developed countries in
international trade is key. Growth in trade can substantially stimulate
development and bring prosperity to developing countries, as declared by
Leaders in Gleneagles and reaffirmed last week at the United Nations
summit in New York.”
“I thank Italy for its generous contribution which will enable us to
respond to demands from developing and the least-developed countries for
strengthening their capacity to make full use of the multilateral
trading system”, said WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy.
With this new pledge, the total contribution of Italy to the WTO
technical assistance activities since 2002 amounts to approximately CHF