UK Accounting Glossary
The World Trade Organisation is an international body that supervises and encourages international trade.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is an international trade organisation formed under the General Agreement on Tariffs And Trade (GATT) as a replacement for GATT intended to implement measures agreed to at the Uruguay Round in 1994.
The World Trade Organisation’s aims are to continue GATT’s work in agreeing upon international trading rules and furthering the liberalisation of international trade.
WTO rules are very important in respect to international trade contracts and the WTO’s jurisdiction also extends into such aspects of trading as intellectual property rights.
The highest authority within the WTO is the Ministerial Conference, which is held approximately every 2 years.
The WTO began operating on the 1st January 1995 and as of 2016 had 164 member states.
An international body to supervise and encourage international trade.
An international trade organisation was first proposed following the Bretton Woods conference (1944), but was never set up; the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was started instead.
GATT organised the Uruguay Round trade talks, and concluded activities in 1994 with the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO); the latter being intended to take over the GATT’s functions in encouraging multilateral trade in goods and services.
The WTO is the largest international economic organisation in the world.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organisation 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 WTO has six key objectives:
The WTO officially commenced on 1 January 1995 under the Marrakesh Agreement, signed by 123 nations on 15 April 1994, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948.
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This glossary post was last updated: 29th January 2019.