The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global organization working with the world wide rules of trade between nations. Its major function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably along with freely as possible.
This WTO’s creation on 1 January 1995 marked the most important reform of international trade since after the Second World War. In addition, it brought to be able to reality — in a updated kind — the failed attempt in 1948 to produce an Global Trade Organization.
Principles of the trading system
The WTO contracts are extensive and complex as they are legal texts covering a wide range of activities. They deal with: agriculture, textiles and clothing, banking, telecommunications, government purchases, industrial standards and product safety, food sanitation regulations, intellectual property, and much more. But a number of simple, fundamental rules run throughout all of these documents. These principles would be the foundation with the multilateral dealing system.
World Trade Organization (English)
Organisation mondiale du commerce (French)
Organización Mundial del Comercio (Spanish)
|Formation||1 January 1995|
|Headquarters||Centre William Rappard, Geneva, Switzerland|
|Membership||159 member states|
|Official languages||English, French, Spanish|