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Lao People’s Democratic Republic

This page gathers key information on Lao PDR's negotiations to join the WTO.  Lao PDR became the 158th WTO member on 2 February 2013.

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WTO accession process in brief



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Lao People’s Democratic Republic's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 16/07/1997  WT/ACC/LAO/1
Accession Working Party established 19/02/1998  WT/GC/M/26
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  02/09/2004  WT/ACC/LAO/2  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party   
5th 07/2011 - 09/2012 Ambassador YI Xiaozhun (China)
4th 05/2009 - 07/2011 Dr. ZHANG Xiangchen (China)
3rd 07/2006 - 05/2009 Ambassador Bruce GOSPER (Australia)
2nd 05/2004 - 07/2006 Ambassador Tim GROSER (New Zealand)
1st 04/1998 - 05/2004 Ambassador Geoff RABY (Australia)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting 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 28/10/2004 News item
2nd 30/11/2006 News item
3rd 15/11/2007 News item
4th 04/07/2008 News item
5th 14/07/2009 News item
6th 24/09/2010 News item
7th 29/06/2011 News item
8th 16/03/2012 News item
9th 12/07/2012 News item
10th 28/09/2012 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)  28/03/2001  WT/ACC/LAO/3
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 02/10/2003  WT/ACC/LAO/4
31/07/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/5
31/10/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/8
20/07/2007  WT/ACC/LAO/11
Factual Summary of Points Raised  29/10/2007
Additional Questions & Replies 06/05/2008  WT/ACC/LAO/16
05/05/2009  WT/ACC/LAO/17
01/06/2010  WT/ACC/LAO/18
31/03/2011  WT/ACC/LAO/20
24/01/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/24
15/06/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/36   (+  corrigendum)
26/07/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/41
28/08/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/43
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party  27/08/2010  WT/ACC/SPEC/LAO/4 (+  revisions)
Draft Report of the Working Party  16/02/2012  WT/ACC/SPEC/LAO/5  (+  revisions & corrigendum)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  19/07/2006  WT/ACC/SPEC/LAO/1  (+  revisions)
27/07/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/6  (+  revisions)
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 27/07/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/6  (+  revisions)
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 27/07/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/7  (+  revisions)
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 24/01/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/25  (+  addendum)
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 01/06/2010  WT/ACC/LAO/19
Comprehensive Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  30/10/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/9  (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans  20/07/2007  WT/ACC/LAO/12 (+  revisions) (Customs valuation-specific) 
20/07/2007  WT/ACC/LAO/13 (+  revisions) (SPS-specific) 
20/07/2007  WT/ACC/LAO/14 (+  revisions) (TBT-specific) 
20/07/2007  WT/ACC/LAO/15 (+  revisions) (IP-specific) 
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
28/03/2001  WT/ACC/LAO/3/Add.1
02/10/2003  WT/ACC/LAO/4/Add.1
09/12/2003  WT/ACC/LAO/4/Add.2
27/07/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/5/Add.1
27/07/2007  WT/ACC/LAO/11/Add.1
06/05/2008  WT/ACC/LAO/16/Add.1
04/07/2008  WT/ACC/LAO/16/Add.2  Standards Law
29/05/2009  WT/ACC/LAO/17/Add.1
08/07/2009  WT/ACC/LAO/17/Add.2
10/07/2009  WT/ACC/LAO/17/Add.3
01/06/2010  WT/ACC/LAO/18/Add.1
08/09/2010  WT/ACC/LAO/18/Add.2
31/03/2011  WT/ACC/LAO/20/Add.1
04/05/2011  WT/ACC/LAO/21
20/05/2011  WT/ACC/LAO/22
27/05/2011  WT/ACC/LAO/23
24/01/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/24/Add.1
08/02/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/26
15/02/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/27
17/02/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/28
21/02/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/29
23/02/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/30
28/02/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/31
13/03/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/32
08/05/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/34
15/06/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/36/Add.1
22/06/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/37
19/07/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/38
20/07/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/39
25/07/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/40
30/07/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/42
28/08/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/44
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
28/03/2001  WT/ACC/LAO/3/Add.1
02/10/2003  WT/ACC/LAO/4/Add.1
02/11/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/10
  •  Applied Tariff of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
02/11/2006  WT/ACC/LAO/10/Rev.1
  •  Revised Applied Tariff of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
03/05/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/33
  •  Bilateral Market Access Negotiations on Goods between Ukraine and Lao PDR, and Ukraine and Yemen
06/06/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/35  Beijing 2012 High Level Round Table on Best Practices in WTO Accessions for Least-developed Countries
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  03/11/2006  WT/ACC/SPEC/LAO/2  (+  revisions)
Services Offer(s)  16/10/2007  WT/ACC/SPEC/LAO/3  (+  revisions)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  20/08/2012  WT/ACC/SPEC/LAO/7
Draft Services Schedule  20/08/2012  WT/ACC/SPEC/LAO/6  (+  corrigendum)
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 26/10/2012  WT/L/865  News item
Protocol of Accession  29/10/2012  WT/L/865
Report of the Working Party 01/10/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/45
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  01/10/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/45/Add.1 (Part 1, Part 2)
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  01/10/2012  WT/ACC/LAO/45/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Lao People’s Democratic Republic” 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 03/01/2013  WT/LET/872  News item
VIII. Date of Membership
02/02/2013 158th Member  News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
30th 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.