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WTO in International Trade

Meaning of Wto, according to the Dictionary of International Trade (Global Negotiator): The World Trade Organization was established by the Uruguay Round in 1995 as successor to the GATT (General Agreement o Tariffs and Trade), the WTO is the only global organization dealing with the rules of trade among nations. It is responsible for monitoring national trading policies, handling trade disputes and enforcing the GATT agreements. The mission of the WTO is also reduce tariffs and other international barriers and eliminate discriminatory treatment in international commerce. More than 150 countries belong to WTO. Website.


The World Trade Organization, abbreviated as WTO, is an international organisation with a membership covering 157 countries (as of August 2012). The WTO also has several candidate members in the process of joining

The WTO is the only global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. WTO sets the global rules for trade, providing a forum for trade negotiations and for settling disputes between WTO members

At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the vast majority of the world's trading nations and ratified in their national parliaments. The WTO's goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business effectively and efficiently on a global basis. The latest round of WTO multilateral trade negotiations is known as the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). Understanding the WTO

World Trade Organization – Home page

Statistical Data

International trade statistics introduced


Embracing mainstream international law, this section on wto explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.

WTO and the European Union


See Also

  • International Organization
  • Foreign Relations
  • Organization
  • United Nations
  • United Nations System
  • UN Agency


See Also

  • World Trade Organisation


Further Reading

  • The entry “wto” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press

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