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“The WTO has worked with SULAIR to make this historic collection accessible to
the public as part of our on-going efforts to share information that contributes
to a better understanding of the WTO and the multilateral trading system,” said
WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi. “The work carried out by SULAIR to
scan these thousands of documents and make them available through the Internet
will be especially important for academics, trade specialists and others with an
interest in how the trading system evolved in the GATT era, from 1947 to 1994.”
Another objective of the project carried out by SULAIR and the WTO was to ensure
the preservation of this unique collection of documents, which had until now
only been available in the original paper versions. The collection being made
available by SULAIR consists essentially of English language documents.
The WTO website currently offers public access to over 150,000 WTO official
documents in English, French and Spanish from 1995 to the present. The addition
of GATT documents from 1947 to 1994 on the SULAIR website will be a complement
to the WTO collection.
The WTO Secretariat has worked with the SUL team to sort and organize the GATT
documents, under an agreement which saw SULAIR assume the costs for the work of
scanning and converting the documents to electronic versions.