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This page gathers key information on Cambodia's negotiations to join the WTO. Cambodia became the 148th member of the WTO on 13 October 2004. Cambodia is the second LDC to join the WTO through the full working party negotiation process.

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WTO accession process in brief



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Cambodia's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 08/12/1994  PC/W/19
Accession Working Party established 21/12/1994  PC/M/11
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  11/04/1995  WT/ACC/CAM/1 
~updated 29/05/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/1  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party     
1st 1995-2003 Mr. Andrea Meloni (Italy)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Convening notice/fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1st 22/05/2001
2nd 14/02/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/11
3rd 14/11/2002
4th 16/04/2003
5th 22/07/2003 News item
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)  22/06/1999  WT/ACC/KHM/2
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 04/01/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/3
11/12/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/6 (+  corrigendum)
29/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/12
Factual Summary of Points Raised  30/10/2002 Informal Circulation
Additional Questions & Replies 03/03/2003  WT/ACC/KHM/20
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party 
Draft Report of the Working Party  24/03/2003  WT/ACC/SPEC/KHM/4  (+  revisions)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  11/12/2001  WT/ACC/SPEC/KHM/3  (+  revisions & addendum)
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 11/12/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/9
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 11/12/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/8 
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 11/12/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/7  (+  revisions)
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 31/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/17  (+  revision)
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  11/12/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/10  (+  revisions)
Rule Action Plans  26/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/13 (Cutoms Valuation)  (+  revision)
26/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/14 (TBT Specific)  (+  revision)
26/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/15 (SPS Specific)  (+  revision)
26/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/16 (IP Specific)  (+  revision)
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
16/05/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/3/Add.3
17/10/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/5
29/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/12/Add.1
  •  Prakas on the Implementation of the Pre-Shipment Inspection Service of 31 August 2000.
11/11/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/19
19/11/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/19/Add.1
  •  Cambodia's Customs Tariff 2001
03/03/2003  WT/ACC/KHM/20/Add.1  Draft Civil Code
17/03/2003  WT/ACC/KHM/20/Add.2  Draft of the Code of Civil Procedure of Cambodia
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
11/01/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/3/Add.1
  •  Customs Tariff of Cambodia
08/01/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/3/Add.2

 List of Laws and Legislation

16/05/2001  WT/ACC/KHM/4 (+  revision)  Checklist of documents
15/02/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/11  Speech at the opening of the 2nd Working Party Meeting on the Accession of Cambodia to the WTO by H.E. Mr. CHAM Prasidh, Minister of Commerce and Head of the Cambodian Delegation Geneva, 14 February 2002
31/07/2002  WT/ACC/KHM/18  Descriptive Note on Implementation of VAT
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  11/12/2001  WT/ACC/SPEC/KHM/1  (+  revisions)
Services Offer(s)  11/12/2001  WT/ACC/SPEC/KHM/2  (+  revisions)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  22/07/2003  WT/ACC/SPEC/KHM/5  (+  revisions)
Draft Services Schedule  18/07/2003  WT/ACC/SPEC/KHM/6  (+  revisions)
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 11/09/2003  WT/MIN(03)/18 News item
Protocol of Accession  11/09/2003  WT/MIN(03)/18
Report of the Working Party 15/08/2003  WT/ACC/KHM/21 Cambodia Accession Factsheet
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  18/08/2003  WT/ACC/KHM/21/Add.1
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  19/08/2003  WT/ACC/KHM/21/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Cambodia” 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 13/09/2004  WT/LET/480
VIII. Date of Membership
  13/10/2004 148th Member  News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
20th economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

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.