The cost of implementing the TA plan over two years is around CHF 18 million. About CHF 4.5 million is financed from the WTO`s regular budget and CHF 14 million outside this budget. Contributions from WTO members have declined in recent years due to the lingering effects of the recent global financial crisis. One of the main challenges facing the WTO is to increase the stability of funding for technical assistance measures and to ensure the timely receipt of contributions. Technical assistance is primarily aimed at government officials from developing countries, least developed countries, countries with economies in transition and countries involved in the PROCESS of accession to the WTO. The public may also include representatives of civil society, journalists, scientists and the private sector. The WTO organizes nearly 300 technical assistance activities each year and trains more than 14,000 government officials. Training activities include presentations, presentations, round tables, meetings with experts, simulation exercises and participation in WTO meetings. Courses include two months of Advanced Trade Policy Courses (ATPCs) in Geneva, regional intermediate trade policy courses, regional seminars, workshops and training sessions on specific topics. WTO members are invited to submit written requests for national technical assistance to the secretariat based on their individual needs. See also: > More technical assistance and training TA activities offer different levels of training About two-thirds of the activities take place at the national level and one-third at the regional level. The vast majority of activities relate to specific WTO agreements such as the General Agreement on Services, the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and address a number of trade issues such as market access, customs valuation, rules of origin, intellectual property, development and trade facilitation.
The WTO cooperates with a large number of international organizations and other bodies to provide technical assistance. For example, the WTO participates in events organized by or in cooperation with other agencies, as well as in trade conferences, symposia and high-level meetings. The WTO also uses the services of external consultants who participate in the implementation of regional and national activities and conduct research. Similarly, university professors and researchers often participate as teachers. An important objective is to maintain a geographical balance in the conduct of activities, but particular attention will be paid to Africa, which benefits from more than a third of its activities per year. Nearly 15% of the WTO`s technical assistance is directed towards Asia and the Pacific, while other activities are spread across Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, arab countries and the Middle East, and the Caribbean. . . .