Trade Negotiations Committee, Geneva
Understanding the WTO
The first step is to talk.
Essentially, the WTO
is a place where member governments go, to try to sort out the trade problems
they face with each other.
At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated
and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations.
But the WTO is not just about liberalizing trade,
and in some circumstances its rules support maintaining trade barriers
— for example to protect consumers or prevent the spread of disease.