Norway offers CHF2 million to the WTO training programme for the benefit of poorer countries

Norway has donated NOK10 million (CHF2 million) to the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) for 2007. Norway is today the second biggest contributor to the DDAGTF.

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This donation will finance technical assistance programmes and training activities for developing and least-developed countries. The aim is to better adapt their practices and laws to WTO rules and disciplines, improve the implementation of their obligations and enhance the exercise of their membership rights.

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy declared “I welcome Norway’s contribution that will allow developing countries to expand their markets and find new trading partners”.

“The Norwegian Government supports efforts to enable the least-developed and developing countries to make full use of the multilateral trading system,” said Deputy Permanent Representative Henning Stirø. “Today’s contribution to the WTO Technical Assistance Plan for 2007 is a concrete expression of our continued and strong commitment to this work.”

With this new contribution, Norway’s participation to the DDAGTF amounts to CHF10.4 million.

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