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A Handbook on Accession to the WTO
A WTO Secretariat Publication

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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521425940


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  • The Handbook provides a detailed explanation and analysis of the process whereby governments become Members of the WTO. The WTO Agreement, which came into force on 1 January, 1995, provides few details on how this process is to take place. Consequently, the steps in the detailed negotiations leading up to access have evolved through the actual negotiations for governments which have become Members of the WTO since 1995. This handbook provides an account of how the process evolved and in offering details on the process as it is now applied. Moreover, the input of the WTO Secretariat into the preparation of the guide provides information not available until now to anyone outside the Secretariat. The Secretariat has supported production of this handbook in the hope it will serve as a useful source of reference for officials from acceding governments, WTO Members, academia, and the general public.

    • The WTO Secretariat has overseen the evolution of the accessions process since 1995, and is therefore the only credible source for detailed information and analysis of the accession process as it stands today
    • The detailed guide to how governments become Members of the WTO finally makes the subject accessible to government officials, academics, students and the general public
    • Explains how and why various elements of the negotiations process have taken place, and compares specific negotiations by governments which have subsequently become Members
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    'The accession process is important for many reasons and yet it is among the least studied and understood parts of the trading system. Thus, the WTO Secretariat is to be commended for sponsoring this project and enlisting Mr Williams to write The Handbook on Accession to the WTO. The Handbook will be especially useful for government officials and the private sector of applicant countries who need to understand the arcane accession process. The Handbook will also help to stimulate new scholarship on accession. Journal of World Trade Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521425940
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction and summary
    1. Accession in perspective
    2. The basic rules
    3. Technical assistance and training for acceding countries
    4. The accession process: the procedures and how they have been applied
    5. Substance of accession negotiations
    Annexes: Annex 1. Statistical survey
    Annex 2. WTO provisions on accession
    Annex 3. Ministerial declarations (accession-related paragraphs)
    Annex 4. Guidelines for accession of least-developed countries
    Annex 5. Documentation and timeline for completed accessions
    Annex 6. Basic factual information to be supplied
    Annex 7. Supplementary factual information
    Annex 8. Formats for initial tariff offer and for schedule of Concessions and Commitments on Goods
    Annex 9. Drafting a services schedule
    Annex 10. Text of decisions on accession and accession protocols
    Annex 11. List of WTO agreements and associated legal instruments
    Annex 12. Overview of protocol commitments
    Annex 13. Suggested formats for legislative action plans and transitional periods for LDC
    Annex 14. Agricultural tariff rate quotas and special safeguards
    Annex 15. Sectoral initiatives.

  • Author

    World Trade Organization


    Arif Hussain, WTO Appellate Body Secretariat, Geneva

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