New initiatives on electronic commerce, investment facilitation and MSMEs

December 13, 2017

Three proponent groups announced new initiatives to advance talks at the WTO on the issues of electronic commerce, investment facilitation and micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). The... READ MORE


ITC, UNCTAD, WTO launch Global Trade Helpdesk

December 11, 2017

The International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the WTO today unveiled an innovative tool to help businesses, in particular smaller firms,... READ MORE


National Committees on Trade Facilitation: current practices and challenges

June 8, 2017

The purpose of this publication is to disseminate information on national experiences, best practices and recommendations with respect to the establishment and functioning of NCTFs. It is based on... READ MORE


Committee on Trade Facilitation meets for first time

May 16, 2017

Concluded at the WTO’s 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference, the TFA entered into force on 22 February 2017 following its ratification by two-thirds of the WTO membership. In line with the Agreement, the... READ MORE


Making Trade an Engine of Growth for All: The Case for Trade and for Policies to Facilitate Adjustment

April 10, 2017

In this study the authors argue that the benefits from opening trade are broad and deep. Trade liberalization has generated higher living standards through greater productivity, increased competiti... READ MORE


WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

February 22, 2017

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In... READ MORE


Canada ratifies the Trade Facilitation Agreement

December 16, 2016

Canada has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 103rd WTO member to do so. Only seven more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force. READ MORE


World Trade Report 2016 Levelling the trading field for SMEs

September 28, 2016

The 2016 World Trade Report examines the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in international trade, how the international trade landscape is changing for SMEs, and what the... READ MORE


Report urges WTO members to resist protectionism and “get trade moving again”

July 25, 2016

WTO members need to avoid putting up barriers and “get trade moving again” in order to address slow global economic growth, according to the Director-General’s mid-year report on trade-related develop... READ MORE


Members renew attempts to deepen WTO scrutiny of regional trade agreements

April 8, 2016

WTO members revived this week long-standing talks to deepen the WTO’s scrutiny of regional trade agreements (RTAs) in line with instructions laid out by ministers last December. Provisions in the rece... READ MORE


Azevêdo welcomes efforts to help implement Trade Facilitation Agreement

December 17, 2015

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed on 17 December the pledges made by governments and private sector entities to help developing and least-developed countries implement the WTO’s Trade Facilita... READ MORE


Ministers approve Afghanistan’s WTO membership at MC10

December 17, 2015

Trade ministers unanimously welcomed Afghanistan’s WTO membership deal, which was approved at a ceremony attended by Mr Mohammad Khan Rahmani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Director-Genera... READ MORE


DG Azevêdo urges flexibility and political will for a successful Ministerial Conference

December 7, 2015

In his report to the General Council on 7 December about the potential outcomes of the Nairobi Ministerial Conference, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged WTO members to “seize the last opportunity... READ MORE


Regional Rules in the Global Trading System

January 1, 2009

A major obstacle to advancing the understanding of RTAs is the absence of detailed information about their contents. This limits empirical analysis of their economic effects and policy debate betwe... READ MORE