255. We wish to thank the Secretariat for its ongoing commitment to assist developing countries to make maximum use of the multilateral system. Due to COVID-19 the cooperation and capacity building activities may have been affected as reported by ITTC in its briefing to the CBFA. Face-to-face training in most cases have been postponed until the next financial year while some online activities have taken place. South Africa attaches importance to the use of the online mode during this time to continue technical cooperation and capacity building. Technical assistance and capacity-building must always respond to Members' needs, at this time many Members may have a need for technical assistance and capacity building to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the context of the Biennial Technical Assistance and Training Plan 2020 – 2021 (WT/COMTD/W/248/Rev.1), emphasis has been placed on improving eLearning programmes. Expanding access to materials is also envisaged under the plan, this would be valuable for the public at large.
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