WTO Membership Update

Posted on: 02/12/2012

The World Trade Organisation grew by 4 new members in 2012 and 2013 looks to be a similarly productive year with countries such as Laos and the Yemen already accepted as candidate countries.

Yemen began the final round of negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, for the accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 27th April 2012.  Minister of Industry and Trade Saad al-Din bin Talib said that it is expected negotiations with several parties will continue until mid-May. He said that the Yemeni delegation would hold bilateral talks with the Ukrainian side on some detailed aspects of Yemen's accession to the WTO, stressing that Yemen has fulfilled most of the conditions to join the organization.  He said that he would talks in Geneva with heads of some international organizations that endorsed the extension of their aid to Yemen as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

26th October 2012 the WTO members agreed that Laos would become a member country.  Once the National Assembly of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) ratifies the membership package Laos will become the 158th member country in 2013.

7 – 13 December 2012: the WTO welcomed progress in the accession procedures for the following countries:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Afghanistan
  • Tajikistan – ratification of the membership deal required by 7th June 2013
  • Kazakhstan

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