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Over 2,800 activities have been organized since the fund was created in 2001.

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said: “Japan's donation is very welcome. It will help sustain the active engagement of developing countries and LDCs in multilateral trade negotiations and drive new opportunities for economic growth and development.”

Japan's WTO Ambassador, Kazuyuki Yamazaki, said: “Global trade plays a key role in enhancing the world’s prosperity by fuelling economic growth and raising living standards across the world. Through our contribution, we are pleased to be contributing to helping developing countries and LDCs participate more effectively in global trade and increase their economic opportunities.”

Overall, Japan has donated CHF 11 million to the various WTO trust funds over nearly 20 years.

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