TRTA: TRADE-RELATED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Financing of TRTA
The Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) was established in 2002, in order to receive extra budgetary contributions from WTO Members to finance the implementation of the annual TA Plans. The total cost of the TA Plans is budgeted at some CHF19 Mio annually, of which some CHF14.5 Mio is covered from Trust Funds and some CHF4.5 Mio from WTO's regular budget.
The Global Trust Fund is operated against periodic benchmarks and closely supervised by the Committee on Budget Finance and Administration and the Committee and Trade and Development. According to the rules established by Members, by December of the year preceding the fund's revolving annual target period, actual contributions amounting to 25 percent of the annual total should be recorded. By 31 March, another 50 percent should be in hand for an overall 75 percent of the total estimated expenditure of the year. By 30 June, 100 percent of the funds needed should be received. Where contribution receipt targets are manifestly not met, the General Council shall meet on an urgent basis to discuss the matter.
Consult the list of contributions.
Contributions can be made by contacting the Administration and General Services Division, Budget Section.
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Voluntary Contributions as of 31 December 2016
Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund
The DDAGTF is the flagship WTO trust fund providing support to a wide range of trade-related technical assistance activities.
|Total Contributions Received||19,726,321||16,108,999||15,075,383||12,106,624||13,619,060||7,793,407||9,105,068||6,997,672|
|Total Number of Contributors||20||19||19||14||15||13||13||14|
Internship Programme — Selected Missions
The Internship Programme — Selected Missions provides resources for interns from developing countries to gain valuable experience with the multi-lateral trading system by working in the Geneva mission of their own country.
|Total Contributions Received||1,056,100||928,300||1,153,805||1,157,782||801,800||789,400||808,200||649,800|
Netherlands Trainee Programme
The Netherlands Trainee Programme — provides resources for interns from developing countries to gain valuable experience with the multi-lateral trading system by working in WTO Secretariat.
|Total Contributions Received||818,330||94,701||1,793,909||1,750,000||875,000|
Trade Facilitation National Needs Assessments
The Trade Facilitation National Needs Assessments Fund — provides resources, in the context of the Trade Facilitation negotiating mandate, to allow participants to draw up preliminary findings of national trade facilitation needs and priorities, know which measures they will need time and/or technical assistance in order to implement and have sufficient information to calculate the resources that are likely to be needed.
|Total Contributions Received||234,750||1,279,648|
Trade Facilitation Negotiating Group
The Trade Facilitation Negotiating Group Fund — provides resources for capital-based officials from developing countries to participate in Geneva-based meetings of the Negotiating Group on Trade Facilitation.
|Total Contributions Received||286,224||715,932||351,375||588,166||398,874|
China LDCs & Accessions Programme
The China LDCs & Accessions Programme — provides resources for LDC interns to work on Accessions issues in the WTO Secretariat, for LDC officials to participate in Geneva-based meetings, and to organize a roundtable event on accessions issues.
|Total Contributions Received||333,200||372,000||362,800||485,000|
Standards and Trade Development Facility on SPS
The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is a joint initiative in capacity building and technical cooperation aiming at raising awareness on the importance of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, increasing coordination in the provision of SPS-related assistance, and mobilizing resources to assist developing countries enhance their capacity to meet SPS standards.
|Total Contributions Received||5,847,177||4,304,185||6,520,551||4,528,188||3,605,765||4,344,281||4,558,477||1,653,358|
|Total Number of Contributors||12||11||12||10||9||10||11||4|
10TH Ministerial Conference (TMI10)
Starting with the 1st WTO Ministerial Conference held in Singapore in 1996, the WTO Secretariat has encouraged the participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Ministerial Conferences, thanks to voluntary contributions pooled into a special extra budgetary fund. In 2015, the Trust Fund to facilitate the participation of delegates from LDCs in the 10th Ministerial Conference, to be held in Nairobi (Kenya) on 15-18 December 2015, will cover the costs related to air travel, accommodation and per diem allowances of LDC delegations comprised of one minister and two high level officials.
|Total Contributions Received||453,624|
Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TTFAF)
In December 2013, WTO members concluded negotiations on a Trade Facilitation Agreement at the Bali Ministerial Conference, as part of a wider “Bali Package”. The Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility Trust Fund has been created to ensure that developing and least developed countries receive the support they need in order to reap the full benefits of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA); and to support the ultimate goal of full implementation of this new Agreement by all Members. The new Facility will complement existing efforts by regional and multilateral agencies, bilateral donors, and other stakeholders to provide Trade Facilitation-related technical assistance and capacity-building support. It will act as a focal point for implementation efforts. It will become operational when the protocol to insert the Trade Facilitation Agreement into the existing regulatory framework is adopted by WTO Members.
|Total Contributions Received||4,402,355||175,840|
Evaluation of WTO Trust Funds Activities (TEVAL)
The WTO intends to undertake an external evaluation of its trade related technical assistance activities.
The evaluation, financed through a dedicated trust fund (TEVAL), will have three main objectives:
- Assess WTO's comparative advantage vis-à-vis other agencies in offering trade related technical assistance (TRTA);
- Assess the relevance of the WTO TRTA to the members and the participants;
- Assess the efficiency and management of WTO TRTA.
|Total Contributions Received||96,240||215,006|