GATT Director-General Peter Sutherland holding a signed copy of the Marrakesh Agreement.
Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO is signed.
The WTO is born on 1 January.
Renato Ruggiero (Italy) takes office as WTO Director-General.
Seventy WTO members reach a multilateral agreement to open their financial services sector.
Supachai Panitchpakdi (Thailand) is elected WTO Director-General.
General Council approves “July 2004 Framework” for advancing Doha Round negotiations.
Pascal Lamy (France) becomes WTO Director-General.
Aid for Trade initiative is launched.
Hong Kong Declaration is approved.
DG Pascal Lamy reappointed for second term of four years.
Russia becomes the WTO’s 156th member.
Roberto Azevêdo (Brazil) takes office as WTO Director-General.
“Bali Package” adopted, including the Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement comes into force.
“Nairobi Package” adopted, including abolition of agricultural export subsidies.
Expansion of Information Technology Agreement concluded.
Amendment to the TRIPS Agreement enters into force, easing access to medicines.
Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force.
Roberto Azevêdo begins second term as WTO Director-General.
WTO and UN Environment host leadership dialogue on expanding trade's contribution to sustainability.
General Council appoints facilitator to help WTO members resolve differences on functioning of Appellate Body.
WTO hosts World Cotton Day.