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.

Donor (CHF) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Sweden 2,026,384 2,353,920 2,074,322 2,386,480 2,245,600     1,253,700
Australia 1,525,650 1,952,400 1,803,600 2,689,900 61,370 2,162,382  
Norway 1,710,279 1,784,440 1,593,626 2,438,905 2,287,108 2,163,722 1,161,373 1,177,302
Netherlands 1,472,990 1,472,990 1,472,990     875,000 495,000 490,000
Germany 1,509,500 1,438,500 1,237,500 1,198,000 1,233,000 1,203,000 1,060,000 1,083,000
Finland 1,534,000 1,364,000 1,228,000
European Union 1,518,550 1,574,550 1,187,500 1,024,050 1,232,000 317,592 1,658,552 1,294,800
Canada 456,121   944,276 1,362,298        
United States 1,026,109 1,002,654 940,580 940,535 851,885 1,127,392 950,400 529,036
Switzerland       800,000 800,000      
France 2,250,500 655,500 611,000 600,500 617,000 608,500 434,400 433,200
Spain 533,750 467,950 400,050
Japan 474,637 395,604 395,604 395,604 368,744 312,019 267,413 218,634
Denmark 616,746 180,019 331,230 321,903 491,063 482,422 400,028  
Korea 357,000 344,400 322,350 334,950 313,600 336,350 346,500 347,200
Austria 302,480 285,640 258,600 240,200 243,600 241,400 104,900 109,000
Chinese Taipei     184,200   181,400      
Liechtenstein 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
Estonia 49,425 28,932 26,209 23,199 24,160 24,640 24,120 21,800
Czech Republic     23,746          
Ireland 1,357,200 409,200
China 211,000 200,300
New Zealand 158,000
Luxembourg 754,000
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.

Donor (CHF) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
France 754,500 655,500 611,000 600,500 617,000 608,500 651,600 649,800
Ireland 301,600 272,800 377,190 396,330 184,800 180,900 156,600  
Denmark 165,615 160,952        
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.

Donor (CHF) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Netherlands 818,330 94,701 1,793,909   1,750,000 875,000  
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.

Donor (CHF) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Australia         392,120
Chinese Taipei       93,900  
United States   140,850  
Ireland     61,600
European Union     443,520
Sweden     283,300
Norway     99,108
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.

Donor (CHF) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
European Union 19,747 241,280 206,720 241,460 246,400
Norway 266,477 330,743 144,655 163,639 152,474
Sweden 143,909 183,067  
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.

Donor (CHF) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015
China 333,200 372,000 362,800 485,000
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.

Donor (CHF) 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Canada 182,448   1,888,552 917,095 903,751 903,751    
Sweden 1,007,839 1,011,317 1,008,210 1,015,560 962,220 652,729 1,128,640 1,179,040
Switzerland 700,000   500,000
Finland 613,600 545,600 491,200 568,700  
European Union 375,901 250,229 399,511 437,164 448,448 444,808 385,840  
Denmark 616,746 360,038 331,230 321,903 491,063 482,422 400,028  
Norway   168,663 237,624 245,559 228,711 419,196 464,549  
Japan 303,143 291,471 187,398 100,196 85,502 73,365   50,113
Germany 227,700 196,650 183,300 180,150 183,750 180,900 162,900  
Ireland 301,600 163,000 148,250 222,305 227,920 223,110 156,600  
United States 364,350 256,500 89,600 106,259 89,000 285,575 344,925
Chinese Taipei   78,720 73,680   74,400   78,945 79,280
Netherlands 500,000 981,997   981,997   875,000 875,000  
Australia 653,850
France   51,700  
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.

Donor (CHF) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Norway 58,069
Finland 43,440
European Union 87,280
Sweden 57,674
Canada 37,211
Australia 67,750
Ireland 52,200
Switzerland 50,000
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.

Donor (CHF) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Norway 2,780,663  
Australia 831,398  
Austria 104,900  
UK 369,004  
European Union 174,400  
Ireland 35,599  
Switzerland 13,098  
New Zealand 48,763  
United States 44,530  
Finland   175,840
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:

  1. Assess WTO's comparative advantage vis-à-vis other agencies in offering trade related technical assistance (TRTA);
  2. Assess the relevance of the WTO TRTA to the members and the participants;
  3. Assess the efficiency and management of WTO TRTA.
Donor (CHF) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Australia 112,640  
Finland 102,366  
European Union 96,240
Total Contributions Received       96,240 215,006  

 

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