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ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Programme Phase II (AADCP)36

This is a US$44.69 million AusAID-funded programme, running from 2008 to 2015. AADCP II aims to support ASEAN’s goal of establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 by providing high quality economic research, policy advice and implementation support on priority regional economic integration issues. The programme consists of three core elements: (i) an Economic Integration and Competitiveness-related Scheme; (ii) a Regional Partnerships Scheme; and (iii) a Regional Economic Policy Support Facility at the ASEAN Secretariat.

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Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus

For 2009/10, Australia committed US$1.89 million to assist Forum Island Countries to participate in the PACER Plus process. The initiatives included: (i) support for an Office of the Chief Trade Adviser; (ii) a fellowship programme through the Institute for International Trade at Adelaide University; (iii) funding of up to US$56,400 for each Forum Island Country to conduct independent country-specific trade analysis to feed into their negotiation preparations; and (iv) support for Forum Island Countries’ participation in regional PACER Plus meetings.

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WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF)

The DDAGTF was established in 2002 and has received over US$97.59 million from 33 WTO members from 2005 up to 2009.The DDAGTF finances the implementation of the WTO Annual TA Plan, which provides trade-related technical assistance to developing countries to improve their ability to participate in the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Within the WTO Secretariat, trade-related technical assistance is coordinated by the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC), based on the technical assistance and training plans (the TA Plans). The TA Plan delivers a number of activities to WTO members; these can be grouped in five categories: (i) general WTO-related TA

and training, which broadly covers some of the Secretariat’s “flagship” products, including the Geneva-based Trade Policy Courses (TPCs) and Regional Trade Policy Courses (RTPCs); (ii) specialized and advanced TA and training, which is geared more towards specialists; (iii) academic support for training and capacity-building, part of the Secretariat’s efforts to develop partnerships with the trade-policy-related academic community in member countries; (iv) trainee programmes and internships, the WTO Regional Coordinator Internship and the Mission Internship Programme; and (v) the e-Learning programme.

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