The Year 2008 was very significant to ITTO in many respects. The Organization was at a cross road in its development. It had forged a new Agreement with an expanded focus on environment, trade and development which also holds out hope for additional financial resources, thus raising the expectations of many member countries. As the Organization negotiated the transition from the ITTA, 1994 to the ITTA, 2006 it had to carry out stock taking of its operations under the ITTA, 1994 and examine future operational modalities under the ITTA, 2006. This re-ignited the debate on the issue of frequency and duration of Sessions of the Council and Committees, the functions of the Committees, financing the work of the Organization and the ITTO Project Cycle.
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