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The World Trade Organization...

What is it?   How does it work?   Why does it matter?

These and other questions are explored in a new video that provides a short (19 minutes) and clear presentation of the WTO and its active (but often unseen) role in world trade.

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Any explanation of the WTO must begin with its predecessor-the GATT. And that is where this presentation begins, with the world trade environment of the immediate post-war years that prompted governments to establish the rules of fair play for international commerce and begin opening new markets to competition.

The video illustrates, through film cuts, news clips, graphics and interviews how the world of trade has grown and changed over the past 50 years and the key role the GATT and, more recently, the WTO have played in bringing those changes about.

Interviews with world business leaders point out how companies are thriving in a world of increasing opportunities thanks to more open markets and a climate that favours investment and job creation, not only in the area of merchandise goods but also in trade in services and intellectual property.

Finally, the video presents, in graphic form, the organization of the WTO...how its various committees and institutions work...how more than 120 governments worldwide participate in its daily activities to ensure a secure and stable environment for world trade.

This presentation is accompanied by a 35-page booklet that looks a little more in depth at the WTO and its various rules and components. This "kit"- the video and the booklet- provides the means to a basic understanding of this organization and its role-past, present and future.

The video and booklet are available in English, French and Spanish and in Pal, Secam or NTSC format. Contact: Publications Services, World Trade Organization, 154 Rue de Lausanne, CH1211 Geneva 21, tel: (41 22) 739 5208; fax: (41 22) 739 5458; E-mail: publications@wto.org. Price: Sfr 25; Sfr 15 for each additional kit.