CoNCEPTUAL NOTE from THE SECRETARIAT
The following document is being circulated in response to a proposal submitted by the co‑sponsors of the Sectoral Initiative in Favour of Cotton (C-4) on 11 March 2020, in relation with the structure of the Director-General's Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton (DGCFMC).
Updating the WTO Director-General's
Framework Mechanism on Cotton (DGCFMC)
1. This note presents suggestions for updating the current structure of the DGCFMC so as to prioritize demand-driven projects while fostering multi-stakeholder coordination and international monitoring, after 16 years of operations of the DGCFMC.
2. The DGCFMC had its first meeting in 2004 as a result of the Sectorial Initiative on Cotton tabled by the C-4. Its main purpose is to shed light on the cotton technical assistance needs of developing countries, considering the crucial economic and social role that cotton production and trade play for a number of them, especially for LDCs.
3. To date, the DGCFMC's main function is to monitor cotton development assistance activities by donor countries and international agencies. The Consultative Framework keeps track of reported projects through the Evolving Table (ET) which captures: the project title, a general description, value, disbursement status, beneficiary country(ies) and donor(s).
4. In 2017, a new Item 6 was added to the DGCFMC agenda, entitled "Cotton Development Assistance Projects". This new agenda item focusses on the presentation of proposed projects by beneficiaries, as well as of new projects and case studies by donors and implementing agencies. Thus, providing an opportunity in the Consultative Framework for a detailed review of specific projects undertaken, and moving towards a more qualitative assessment of the projects listed in the Evolving Table.
5. The DGCFMC plays an important role by: (i) giving visibility to ongoing and concluded projects with relevant general information made available to the global cotton community; (ii) avoiding duplication and overlapping of projects in the same regions; (iii) fostering synergies and coordination; and (iv) highlighting successful cotton development assistance and disseminating best practices.