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General Council concluded that the Working Party on Latvia's accession had completed its
work on the package of accession documents (Working Party Report, Protocol of Accession,
and Market Access Schedules of Concessions on Goods and Services) allowing Latvia to sign
the accession protocol.
Dr. Valdis Birkavs, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Latvia, signed the protocol of accession of Latvia following the
adoption of the protocol by the General Council. Latvia will become a WTO member 30 days
after it notifies the WTO Secretariat that its national ratification proceedings have been
working party on Latvia's accession to the GATT was established in 1993 and was converted
to a WTO working party in 1995. The Working Party met for the first time in March 1995. In
September 1998, it adopted by consensus the draft report, protocol of accession and the
schedules of concessions on goods and services. Latvia has agreed to bring its economic
and trade regime into conformity with WTO rules and obligations in all areas.
following 30 governments have requested to join the WTO. Their applications are currently
being considered by accession working parties: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lithuania, Former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia, Moldova, Nepal, Oman, Sultanate of, Russian Federation, Samoa, Saudi Arabia,
Seychelles, Sudan, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam.