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Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
F Technical Cooperation
47. The representative of Tunisia expressed his gratitude to the governments and intergovernmental organizations which had submitted information on their technical cooperation activities relating to implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. He recalled that African ministers, meeting in Tunis in October 1994 in order to evaluate the impact of the Uruguay Round on African economies, had adopted a resolution asking international organizations to assist them to make a better contribution to world trade and to implement the Agreements negotiated in the Uruguay Round. Tunisia had been designated as the coordinator for the implementation of that resolution and the establishment, with the help of different international organizations, of appropriate programmes of technical assistance. He was thankful for the readiness he had met and for the assistance given in drawing up these programmes, which were not only aimed at implementing the results of the Uruguay Round negotiations but also at helping African economies to evolve a better contribution to world trade. As a result of the resolution, the four organizations which he had contacted, WIPO, UNCTAD, ITC and the WTO, had promised to elaborate programmes. Last June, at a special meeting of African Ambassadors accredited to Geneva, the draft programmes of the four organizations had been presented, commented and discussed. It was agreed that the four drafts would be reviewed and coordinated, after which another meeting would be organized, if possible before the end of the year and, hopefully, a well-structured programme could be put together. For this meeting also certain other organizations would be invited prepared to participate in the financing of the final programme. In this regard, he had contacted the ambassadors of the Member States of the European Union but his intention was to approach also the ambassadors of other developed countries.