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The donation to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) will finance training workshops for officials in Geneva and elsewhere to help them better understand and implement WTO agreements and to negotiate new accords. Since the creation of the fund in 2001, more than 2,600 workshops have been organized.
Welcoming this new donation from one of the largest contributors to this fund, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said: “I want to thank the United States for its ongoing generosity. This donation will be a very important contribution to ensuring that poorer countries can expand their trade capacities and improve living standards for their citizens.”
U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea said: “The United States remains pleased to support the WTO’s principal technical assistance trust fund. This contribution reinforces the conviction of the United States that implementation of WTO rules, including in core areas such as transparency, can be a critical element in advancing economic development.”
The United States has donated over USD 22.5 million to WTO trust funds over the past 16 years.