WTO AND GENEVA

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Mr. Dana Wilgress, a senior Canadian diplomat, signing the Final Act of the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade. The following year, he was elected the first Chairman of the GATT Contracting Parties.
Mr. Dana Wilgress, a senior Canadian diplomat, signing the Final Act of the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade. The following year, he was elected the first Chairman of the GATT Contracting Parties.

To mark the signing of the GATT in 1947, a UN press release announced: "There is no parallel to this achievement in any previous trade negotiations, all of which have been on a more limited scale. The completion of such a large number of simultaneous negotiations of such broad scope in a little over six months is in itself a remarkable feat."

How the Agreement came into being

The lead negotiators profoundly disagreed on the level of ambition to be achieved by the negotiations but finally overcame their profound differences.

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