April 1, 2021

France contributes approximately EUR 6 million to help developing countries deepen trade expertise

France is donating approximately EUR 6 million to finance WTO technical assistance programmes for developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) from 2021 to 2023 aimed at improving participants’ understanding of global trade rules and standards. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester confirmed the contribution at a signing ceremony with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala held on 1 April at the WTO. In a meeting with the DG, they discussed a number of issues, including the role of the WTO in supporting a post-COVID-19 economic recovery, WTO reform, climate change and sustainability issues, gender and e-commerce.

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