17 May 2021
Dear Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives,
I am enclosing the latest version of the Evolving Table on Cotton Development Assistance (WT/CFMC/6/Rev.30) for review by Members in advance of the next Round of the Director‑General's Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton (DGCFMC).
The enclosed Evolving Table (ET) contains updates from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, and Japan. In addition, the document contains updates on projects implemented by the following international organizations: FAO, UNCTAD and UNIDO.
The total number of active projects under Part I "Cotton-specific development assistance" currently stands at 27. As regards Part II "Agriculture and Infrastructure-Related Development Assistance", there are 47 active projects.
The enclosed ET includes for the first time, in Part IV, a compilation of cotton-related development assistance requests submitted by developing country Members. A total of 8 projects have been submitted by Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, and the C-4 as a group.
I also refer you to the 19th version of the Table on Domestic Cotton Sector Reforms (WT/CFMC/21/Rev.18) which contains updates received from Burkina Faso.
The 35th Round of the DGCFMC will be held on 27 May 2021. A thematic session on cotton by‑products development in LDCs will take place on the morning of 28 May 2021. The fifteenth Dedicated Discussion of the Relevant Trade-related Developments on Cotton will also take place on 28 May 2021, in the afternoon.
The enclosed documents will form the basis for the 35th Round of Consultations of the DGCFMC.