World Trade Organisation (WTO)

WTO

 

 

 

 

 

Key contacts Main website
Trade website
Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) website
Type Multilateral
Member states Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Kingdom of Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, BurundiCape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, European Union, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, China, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Republic of Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Formed in 1995 as a result of the Uruguay Road and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) negotiations, the WTO is a negotiating forum promoting a multilateral trading system between member governments.

The WTO aims to negotiate trade agreements between countries, providing a neutral ground to settle disputes and a legal foundation which seeks to enforce the agreed policies.

The WTO is currently focusing on the negotiations of the Doha Development Agenda, Goods and Services, Intellectual Property (specially the TRIPS agreement), building trade capacity, trade monitoring and dispute settlements.