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Aid for Trade

Many poor countries lack the basic infrastructure to take advantage of the market access opportunities resulting from a successful outcome to the Doha Round of trade negotiations. The Doha Ministerial Declaration made technical assistance and capacity building a key component of the development dimension of this Round. In December 2005, the Sixth Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong created a new WTO work programme on Aid-for-Trade. A Task Force came up with a set of recommendations, endorsed in 2006, giving a monitoring role to the WTO. As a follow-up, it has been decided that this monitoring and evaluation role will consist of an annual global review to be held in the Committee on Trade and Development followed by a debate on Aid for Trade in the General Council.

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