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10 common misunderstandings about the WTO

Is it a dictatorial tool of the rich and powerful? Does it destroy jobs? Does it ignore the concerns of health, the environment and development?

Emphatically no. Criticisms of the WTO are often based on fundamental misunderstandings of the way the WTO works.


THE 10 MISUNDERSTANDINGS
1. WTO dictates?
2.
Blindly for trade?
3.
Ignores development?
4.
Anti-green?
5.
Anti-health?
6.
Wrecks jobs?
7.
Small left out?
8.
Tool of lobbies?
9.
Weak forced to join?
10.
Undemocratic?
  

See also:
The WTO in Brief
10 benefits
Understanding the WTO


10 misunderstandings

The debate will probably never end. People have different views of the pros and cons of the WTO’s “multilateral” trading system. Indeed, one of the most important reasons for having the system is to serve as a forum for countries to thrash out their differences on trade issues. Individuals can participate, not directly, but through their governments.The debate will probably never end

 

 

 

However, it is important for the debate to be based on a proper understanding of how the system works. This booklet attempts to clear up 10 common misunderstandings.

 

 

The ten misunderstandings

1. The WTO dictates policy
2. The WTO is for free trade at any cost
3. Commercial interests take priority over development …
4. … and over the environment
5. … and over health and safety
6. The WTO destroys jobs, worsens poverty
7. Small countries are powerless in the WTO
8. The WTO is the tool of powerful lobbies
9. Weaker countries are forced to join the WTO
10.
The WTO is undemocratic

 
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