World Trade Organization (WTO)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

The WTO is run by its member governments. All major decisions are made by the membership as a whole, either by ministers (who usually meet at least once every two years) or by their ambassadors or delegates (who meet regularly in Geneva).


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World Trade Organization — Latest news

World Trade Organization — Latest news

Canada is contributing CAD 200,000 (approximately CHF 150,000) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) in 2017 to help developing countries comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards and therefore access agricultural markets more easily. The donation will help developing and least-developed countries improve their sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 22, 2017, 5:00 pm
Work to complete Australia’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) has intensified and is nearing final stages. The accessions of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to the Agreement are advancing steadily as well, informal discussions in the Committee on Government Procurement on 21 June 2017 have confirmed. The accession negotiations of Russia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia kicked off at the meeting.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 21, 2017, 5:00 pm
The WTO has opened the accreditation process for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to attend the Eleventh Ministerial Conference, which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 10 to 13 December 2017.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 20, 2017, 5:00 pm
It is through you, as parliamentarians, that we hear the voices of the people that we are here to serve, said Director-General Roberto Azevêdo in an address to the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade in Brussels on 20 June. He highlighted that the WTO has developed a strong partnership with the European Parliament over the years and looked forward to continued engagement and partnership to “help ensure that the global trading system is truly inclusive and responsive to people’s needs”.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 20, 2017, 5:00 pm
Speaking at the International Forum on Women and Trade in Brussels on 20 June, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that the playing field needed to be levelled for women around the world so that they can fully seize the benefits of trade.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 20, 2017, 5:00 pm
The government of Germany is contributing EUR 1 million (approximately CHF 1,100,000) to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) enhance their trade negotiating skills. WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah met with Germany’s Alternate Ambassador to the WTO, Walter Werner, on 20 June 2017 to mark Germany’s donation to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 20, 2017, 5:00 pm
At its meeting on 19 June, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed to the establishment of two new dispute panels: one to review a complaint filed by Turkey against US countervailing duties on imports of Turkish steel pipes and tubes; and the second to review Colombia’s compliance with an earlier WTO ruling regarding tariffs on imports of textiles, apparel and footwear from Panama.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 19, 2017, 5:00 pm
Twenty-two government officials from least-developed countries (LDCs) in Africa, Asia and the Pacific are taking part in a course entitled “Priority Issues for LDCs in the Multilateral Trading System” at the WTO from 19 to 23 June 2017. This course, which has been specifically designed for LDCs, is the second of its kind organized by the WTO.
Author: WTO
Posted: June 19, 2017, 5:00 pm