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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 Applicant Government Ratification process application Present to the DG or MC for Submission of a . adoption memorandum on the foreign trade General Council regime 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 Accession A complete description of the process is available at the WTO website: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org3_e.htm 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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