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This page gathers key information on Armenia's negotiations to join the WTO.  Armenia became the 145th WTO Member on 5 February 2003. 

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Armenia's Timeline

I. Overview
GATT application received 29/11/1993  L/7334
GATT accession Working Party established 17/12/1993  C/M/268
GATT terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  30/01/1995  WT/L/25
WTO application received & WTO accession Working Party established  30/01/1995  WT/L/25 (+ corrigendum) (Request to transform the Working Party on the Accession of Armenia to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1947 into a WTO accession Working Party. As per document WT/L/25, the Working Party on the Accession of Armenia to the GATT 1947 was transformed into a WTO Accession Working Party, in accordance with the decision adopted by the General Council on 31 January 1995. Document WT/L/25 also reproduced the name of the Chairperson and the terms of reference of the Working Party.)
WTO terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  01/02/1996  WT/ACC/ARM/3  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party     
1st 01/1995 - 11/2002 Ambassador Donald KENYON (Australia)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening notice Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1st 24/01/1996
2nd 23-24/09/1996
3rd 14/05/1997
4th 24/06/1999
5th 21/11/2002
Informal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
Plurilateral Meetings Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  10/04/1995  WT/ACC/ARM/1
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 27/09/1995  WT/ACC/ARM/2 (+  addendum & corrigendum)
Factual Summary of Points Raised  20/06/1994 Informal circulation.
Additional Questions & Replies 26/04/1996  WT/ACC/ARM/5
03/04/1997  WT/ACC/ARM/8
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party  26/03/1997  WT/ACC/SPEC/ARM/1
Draft Report of the Working Party  01/12/1997  WT/ACC/SPEC/ARM/1/Rev.1  (+  revisions & corrigendum & addenda)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies   12/02/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/ARM/4  (+  revisions)
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 28/07/1999  WT/ACC/ARM/11
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 28/07/1999  WT/ACC/ARM/12 
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 28/07/1999  WT/ACC/ARM/13
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 25/02/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/18
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
Legislative Action Plan (LAP) 
Rule-specific Action Plans 
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
10/04/1995  WT/ACC/ARM/1
  •  I) Laws and Legal Acts Concerning Tariff and Non-Tariff Regulation of Foreign Trade
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 519 of 13 October 1993 On Regulation of Foreign Trade and Improvement of Accounting and Monitoring
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 520 of 13 October 1993 On Licensing and Allocation of Import and Export of Commodities (Jobs/Services)
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 615 of 6 December 1993 On Determining Customs Duties
  •  - Order Confirmed by Decree No. 615 On Definition of Country of Origin for Commodities
  •  - Regulation Confirmed by Decree No. 615 On Transmission of Goods by Citizens into the Customs Territory of Armenia
  •  - Regulation Confirmed by Decree No. 615 On the Valuation of Goods for Customs duty Purposes
  •  - Annex to Decree No. 615 On Customs Duty Rates
  •  - List Confirmed by Decree No. 615 Of Goods Forbidden for Export
  •  Customs Code of the Republic of Armenia (passed on 27 August 1993)
  •  Law of Armenia of 18 August 1993 On Customs Tariff Rates
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 17 of 17 January 1995 On Licensing and Allocation of Import and Export of Commodities (Jobs/Services)
  •  II) Laws and Legal Acts Concerning International Economic Activities and Intergovernmental Agreements Signed by the Republic of Armenia
  •  Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Republic of Georgia on General Principles of Transit Trade (signed on 19 May 1993)
  •  Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran On Frontier Trade between the Meghri Region of the Republic of Armenia and the Marand Province of the Islamic Republic of Iran (signed on 31 May 1994)
  •  Agreement between the CIS countries on the Creation of a Free Trade Area (signed on 15 April 1994)
  •  Agreement on Creation of the Economic Alliance (adopted on 24 September 1993)
  •  Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Russian Federation on Free Trade (signed in 1992)
  •  Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Russian Federation on Trade and Economic Commercial Cooperation in 1994
  •  Resolution of the Government of Armenia No. 58 of 31 January 1994 On Accomplishment of the Intergovernmental Reciprocal Commodity Deliveries in 1994
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 40 of 13 February 1993 On Additional Measures on State Regulation of International Economic Activities. (Not available)
  •  Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 88 of 23 February 1994 On the Order of Submitting Statistical Reports Regarding the Importation and Exportation of Services in the Republic of Armenia
  •  - Appendix to the Resolution No. 88 List of those Services About the Exportation and Importation of Which Statistical Reports are Required
  •  Decree of the Government of Armenia No. 422 of 12 August 1993 On Provision of Intergovernmental Agreements Signed by the Republic of Armenia in 1994
  •  III) Laws and Legal Acts Concerning Foreign Investments
  •  Law of Armenia of 31 July 1994 On Foreign Investments
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 474 of 17 September 1993 On the Establishment of the National Financial-Investment Corporation
  •  Law of Armenia On Enterprises with Foreign Capital
  •  Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 162 of 05 March 1991 On Confirmation of the Joint-Stock Companies and Limited Liability Companies Regulations
  •  IV) Laws and Legal Acts Concerning Trade-Related Matters.
  •  Law of Armenia On Taxes and Duties
  •  Law of Armenia On Profits Tax
  •  Law of Armenia On Excise Tax
  •  Law of Armenia On Value-Added Tax
  •  Law of Armenia On Income Tax
  •  Law of Armenia On Privatization and Denationalization of State Enterprises and Uncompleted Constructions
  •  Law of Armenia On Competition and Monopolistic Activity (draft)
  •  Law of Armenia of 14 March 1992 On Enterprises and Entrepreneurial Activities
  •  Law of Armenia On Bankruptcy of the Enterprise (draft)
  •  Law of Armenia of 2 September 1993. On Currency Regulations and Exchange Controls
  •  Law of Armenia of 31 July 1994 On Foreign Investments
  •  Law of Armenia of 27 April 1993. On the Bank of the Republic of Armenia
  •  Law of Armenia On Enterprises with Foreign Capital
  •  Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 606 of 29 December 1994 On Rates of the Excise Tax
  •  Rules of the Arrangement and Placement of the Government Order of 1995
18/09/1995  WT/ACC/ARM/1/Add.1
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 40 of 13 February 1993 - Additional Measures on State Regulation of International Economic Activities
29/09/1995  WT/ACC/ARM/2/Add.1
  •  Law on Amendments and Additions to the Republic of Armenia Law on the "Value-Added Tax"
  •  Law of the Republic of Armenia on Property Tax
  •  Law on Making Amendments in the Republic of Armenia Law on Excise Tax
  •  Law on Pledge Collateral
  •  Law on Bankruptcy of Enterprises and Individual Entrepreneurs
  •  Law on Making Amendments in the Republic of Armenia Law on Corporation Tax
  •  Draft Law on Standardization and Certification
  •  Law on Patents
  •  Law on Income Tax
  •  Law on Land Tax
  •  Law on State Agrarian Inspections
  •  Statute of the Peasant and Collective Peasant Farms
  •  Land Code
  •  Supreme Council Resolution on the maximum sizes of the land lots in property of the Peasant and Peasant Collective Farms
  •  Resolution No. 581 of December, 1994 - Yerevan - On Corroboration of the Temporary Regulations for Auditing Activities in the Republic of Armenia
  •  Government Decision of January 17, 1995 - Yerevan - On the Procedure of Granting Licences for Importation and Exportation of Goods (Works, Services) in the Republic of Armenia
  •  Government Resolution No. 67 of February 8, 1995 - Yerevan - On the State Procurement Order of 1995 of the Republic of Armenia
  •  Government Resolution No. 4 of August 19, 1995 - Yerevan - On Confirmation of the Temporary Regulations for Trademarks and Service Marks
  •  Government Resolution No. 606 of December 29, 1994 - Yerevan - On Rates of the Excise Tax
  •  Government Resolution No. 88 of February 23, 1994 - Yerevan - On the Order of Submitting Statistical Reports Regarding the Importation and Exportation of Services in the Republic of Armenia
  •  Council of Ministers Resolution No. 161 of March 5, 1991 - Yerevan - On the Order of Exercising Diverse Types of Economic Activities on the Territory of the Republic of Armenia
07/02/1996  WT/ACC/ARM/4
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 124 of 29 December 1995 On Non-Tariff Regulation of the Commodities (Operations, Services) Import and Export in the Republic of Armenia
  •  Statement of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia on Joining to Article VIII of the IMF Agreement
25/07/1996  WT/ACC/ARM/6
  •  The Law of the Republic of Armenia of 30 June 1996 On Central Bank of Armenia
  •  The Law of the Republic of Armenia of 30 June 1996 On Banks and Banking
  •  The Law of the Republic of Armenia of 10 June 1996 On Bankruptcy of Banks
  •  Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 124 of 29 December 1995 On Non-Tariff Regulation of the Commodities (Operations, Services) Import and Export in the Republic of Armenia
  •  Amendments to the Law On Privatization and Denationalization of State-Owned Enterprises and Unfinished Construction Sites
  •  List 2 of the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 415 of 1995 On types of Activities that are Subject to Licensing in the Territory of the Republic of Armenia
  •  Statute of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia of 20 June 1996 On Issuing Inferences on Minimal Pricing of Exports of Products from Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals not Produced in Armenia, as well as their Scrap
  •  Statute of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia of 20 June 1996 On Issuing Inferences on Import and Export of Pharmaceuticals into and from the Republic of Armenia
  •  Statute of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Armenia of 20 June 1996 On Issuing Inferences on Export of Wild Animals and Plants Included in the Red Book (Endangered Species Listing) of the Republic of Armenia
  •  Statute of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Armenia of 20 June 1996 On Issuing Inferences on Import of Plant Protection Agents into the Republic of Armenia
  •  Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia On Regulation of Pharmaceutical Activity and Ensuring the Quality of Drugs and Medical Facilities
  •  Program of the Government of the Republic of Armenia On Privatization of State Enterprises and Unfinished Construction sites of the Republic of Armenia for 1996-1997
  •  Amendment of 1 May 1996 to Annex N 1 to Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No. 615 of 6 December 1993 On Determining the Customs Duties
30/05/1997  WT/ACC/ARM/9  Law on the Customs Tariff Rates
07/01/1999  WT/ACC/ARM/10
13/09/2000  WT/ACC/ARM/14
10/10/2000  WT/ACC/ARM/15
26/10/2000  WT/ACC/ARM/16
13/03/2001  WT/ACC/ARM/17
22/08/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/19
14/10/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/20
29/10/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/21
05/12/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/21/Add.1
09/12/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/21/Add.2
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
25/07/1996  WT/ACC/ARM/5/Add.1
  •  Proposed Dates for Entry into Force of Certain provisions Relevant to Armenia’s WTO Membership
02/09/1996  WT/ACC/ARM/7 (+  revision)
  •  Documents Checklist
20/11/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/22
  •  Confirmation of Armenia’s understanding of the application of the terms and conditions of WTO membership
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  15/01/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/ARM/3
Services Offer(s)  02/10/1998  WT/ACC/SPEC/ARM/2  (+  revisions & corrigendum)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  13/11/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/ARM/1/Rev.8/Add.1 
Draft Services Schedule  13/11/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/ARM/1/Rev.8/Add.2 
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings 
IV. Summary of Final Meeting of the Working Party
V. Accession Package (“Terms of Accession”, de-restricted) 
Ministerial Conference/General Council Decision on the Accession 10/12/2002  WT/L/506
Protocol of Accession  10/12/2002  WT/L/506
Report of the Working Party 26/11/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/23 (+  corrigendum)
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  26/11/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/23/Add.1
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  06/12/2002  WT/ACC/ARM/23/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments   http://acdb.wto.org/ click on “Report by Member”, select “Republic of Armenia” in drop down list then click on “View Report”
VII. Instrument of Acceptance 
Notification of Acceptance and Entry Into Force of the Protocol of Accession 06/01/2003  WT/LET/436
VIII. Date of Membership
  05/02/2003 145th Member
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
17th economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

Note:
The de-restriction of documents is a key component of the transparency obligations of the Multilateral Trading System.  Paragraphs 1 and 2(e) of the Ministerial Council Decision WT/L/452 of 14 May 2002 provide that “documents relating to working parties on accession shall be restricted and shall be automatically de-restricted upon the adoption of the report of the working party” by the Ministerial Conference/General Council.  The time of completion of the de-restriction process depends on the amount and complexities of the documents involved.  Prior to 2002, the de-restriction of accession-related documents was governed by a different set of rules (i.e. General Council Decision WT/L/160/Rev.1 of 26 July 1996), which only affect documents circulated prior to 2002.