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The membership deal was approved by the General Council on 26 October 2012. Laos’ chief negotiator, Industry and Commerce Minister Nam Viyaketh, and WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy signed the Protocol of Accession immediately afterwards (document WT/LET/869), ending 15 years of negotiations.
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