Membership in the World Trade Organization by kqm6E5


									                  Membership in the World Trade Organization

1.      The Accession Process

       Thailand became a signatory of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
(GATT) in 1982 during the period of the Uruguay Round of negotiations, and was one of
the founding members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995.

       The process of accession to membership in the WTO is set forth under the
provisions of Section 12 of the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO, and can be
summarized in the following diagram:
               Process of accession to the WTO
                             Written request           WTO DG
                             for accession         WTO Secretariat
     Government     Ratification process       application                 Present to the
                                                                           DG or MC for
                             Submission of a .                               adoption
                             memorandum on
                             the foreign trade        General Council
                                                      WTO Members

                Bilateral                                     establish         Accession
              negotiations                                                       package

                                                      Working party             Schedules
                                                       Examining all
        Concessions and commitments on              aspects of trade and             +
       market access for goods and services                                     Report of the
                                                       legal regimes
                                                                                Working Party
                                                                               and Protocol of

A complete description of the process is available at the WTO website:

        In principle, Thailand supports the accession of all countries into the WTO,
because membership enables a country to gain from equitable international rules and
regulations governing trade with other countries, and leads to benefits not only for the
WTO but for Thailand as well.

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