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The WTO

Information about the institution. The WTO is a rules-based, member-driven organization — all decisions are made by the member governments, and the rules are the outcome of negotiations among members.

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What is the WTO?  back to top

Read and download explanations of what the WTO is and does.

 

Decision-making  back to top

  • Organization chart
    All WTO members may participate in all councils, committees, etc, except Appellate Body, Dispute Settlement panels, Textiles Monitoring Body, and plurilateral committees.
    > Current WTO chairpersons
      
  • Ministerial conferences
    The WTO’s top decision-making body. Meets at least once every two years.
      
  • General Council
    Top day-to-day decision-making body. Meets regularly, normally in Geneva.

 

Membership  back to top

 

WTO Secretariat  back to top

 

 

  
Procurement at the WTO  back to top

  

Assistance for developing countries  back to top

  

The WTO and other organizations  back to top
Cooperation between multilateral institutions on global economic policy-making.

 

Anniversary events  back to top

  

Annual publications  back to top

 

Jobs in the WTO  back to top

  

Glossary  back to top

 

How to contact the WTO  back to top

General enquiries, publications, the website. Also copyright and trademark statements.

 FACT FILE

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Established: 1 January 1995
Created by: Uruguay Round negotiations (1986-94)  
Membership: countries on
Budget: 197 million Swiss francs for 2013
Secretariat staff: 640
Head: Roberto Azevêdo (Director-General)

Functions:
• Administering WTO trade agreements
• Forum for trade negotiations
• Handling trade disputes
• Monitoring national trade policies
• Technical assistance and training for developing countries
• Cooperation with other international organizations