10 things the WTO can do

The world is complex. The World Trade Organization is complex. This booklet is brief, but it tries to reflect the complex and dynamic nature of trade and the WTO’s trade rules. It highlights benefits of the trading system, but it doesn’t claim that everything is perfect. Were it a perfect system, there would be no need for further negotiations and for the system to evolve and reform continually.

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This publication replaces “10 Benefits of the WTO Trading System” and “10 Common Misunderstandings about the WTO”.

Published in 2012

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The WTO can ... cut living costs and raise living standards
The WTO can ... settle disputes and reduce trade tensions
The WTO can ... stimulate economic growth and employment
The WTO can ... cut the cost of doing business internationally
The WTO can ... encourage good governance
The WTO can ... help countries develop
The WTO can ... give the weak a stronger voice
The WTO can ... support the environment and health
The WTO can ... contribute to peace and stability
The WTO can ... be effective without hitting the headlines

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