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The donation, spread over three years, is for the Standards and Trade
Development Facility (STDF), a programme set up for the purpose jointly
by the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the
World Bank, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and
“I thank Sweden for its generous contribution. It comes at an opportune
moment as trade Ministers from the WTO’s 149 Member countries sit down
to discuss laying the foundation for a new ‘Aid for Trade’ package to
address the developing world’s supply side constraints,” said WTO
Director-General Pascal Lamy.
“Market opening opportunities can be of little use to countries if their
exports are held back by a failure to comply with the demands of
importing countries’ rules on food safety, animal or plan health,” he
“Keeping up with new SPS standards in export markets is a challenge for
all, but in particular so for developing and least developed countries.
By informing developing country governments of new developments in SPS
standards and assisting them in their implementation, programmes like
the Standards and Trade Development Facility have a direct impact on
these countries’ capacity to export.”.