Charting the course on WTO membership for LDCs

Volume
2,
Number
5
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22 July 2013
22 July 2013
Any country having full autonomy in the conduct of its trade policies may become a member of the World Trade Organization, but all WTO members must agree on the terms. This is done through the establishment of a working party of WTO members and through a process of negotiations. Least developed...
22 July 2013
Becoming a member of the WTO is an extremely difficult process, especially for the least developed countries (LDCs). The Vanuatu experience, analysed in the following article, reveals the complexity of this process. Indeed, acceding to the WTO can be long-drawn, complex and demanding on the limited...
22 July 2013
As a WTO member, least developed countries (LDCs) gain a voice in the shaping of the global trading system. That voice may be too feeble and drowned in the cacophony to make any real impact; nevertheless, it counts. Moreover, as part of the most favoured nation group of trading countries, LDCs...
22 July 2013
The WTO General Council established a working party to examine Yemen's request for accession in July 2000. Yemen's Memorandum of Foreign Trade Regime was circulated in November 2002, and the first meeting of the working party took place in November 2004. Multilateral work is proceeding on the basis...
22 July 2013
"I think the benchmarks on goods adopted with the accession guidelines would serve as a basis for improvement of the commitments to be made by acceding LDCs. The General Council established a working party to examine the application of Ethiopia in February 2003. Ethiopia's memorandum on its foreign...
22 July 2013
At the WTO Aid for Trade (AFT) review on 8-10 July, one side event looked at how Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can better integrate value chains and how they can overcome existing bottlenecks that currently impede this process. The discussions recognised an increasing fragmentation of global...
22 July 2013
WTO members have agreed to extend the transition period for least developed countries (LDCs) to implement the organisation's rules on intellectual property rights until July 2021, which was previously due to end next month. The news, announced on 11 June, follows intensive discussions that kicked...
22 July 2013
"Time is turning against us," Director-General Pascal Lamy warned members on 3 June, referring to the pace of efforts to prepare a package of deliverables for the organisation's ministerial conference this December in Bali, Indonesia. Members have spent the first half of the year attempting to...
22 July 2013
Obama Unveils Trade, Energy Initiatives on Africa Trip Trade and energy topped the agenda during US President Barack Obama's visit to Africa from 28 June to 1 July, with the announcement of various initiatives aimed at doubling electricity access in the sub-Saharan region, facilitating intra- and...
22 July 2013
Assessing the Effectiveness of Aid for Trade: Lessons from the Ground - ICTSD - July 2013 This paper, as well as the eight country-analyses, offers fresh insights into the dynamics of aid for trade on the ground, the institutional set-up underlying the initiative and its weaknesses. Overall, the...