Annual China Round Tables on WTO Accessions (CRTs)

The programme funds Annual 5-Day China Round Tables on Accessions. These round tables provide a platform for exchanges between acceding governments and WTO members (original and those that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII negotiations) on accession-related themes and experiences.

See also:

News items on the China Programme

Career opportunities under pillar 1 of the China Programme
> China WTO Accession Internship Programme
> e-recruitment
> Trainee programmes and internships

How is the venue for the annual round table decided, as well as the theme?

The Accessions Division of the WTO Secretariat and the Government of China, in consultation with possible host governments, decide on the venue and identify, discuss and decide on a theme.


What is the purpose?

To provide impetus and sustain the momentum in facilitating and accelerating the accessions of LDCs, and provide post-accession support to LDC members that joined pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.


How many Round Tables have taken place so far? Where? And, what did they focus on?

China Round Table
(CRT) Nr
Dates Venue Theme
12th (CRT-12) 24-25/02/2023 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Arab Perspectives on WTO Accessions and the Multilateral Trading System: 12th China Round Table
11th (CRT-11) 01-03/02/2023 Vientiane, Lao PDR WTO Accessions and Trade Integration: Stories from the Asia-Pacific – A Retrospective of 10 Years of Lao PDR's Membership in the WTO: 11th China Round Table
10th (CRT-10) 18-20/01/2022 Geneva, Virtual 10 Years of Capacity-Building under the China Programme - Reflections on LDC Accessions: 10th China round table
9th (CRT-IX) 11/12/2020 Virtual conference livestreamed from the WTO 25 Years of WTO Accessions in Review here
8th (CRT-VIII) 04/12/2019-06/12/2019 Moscow, Russian Federation Accessions and WTO Reform:On the Road to MC12 here
7th (CRT-VII) 26/09/2018-27/09/2018 Astana, Kazakhstan Eurasian Perspectives on the Future of the Multilateral Trading System: Accessions and the Evolution of WTO Rules here
6th (CRT-VI) 09/12/2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina Strengthening the Rules-based Multilateral Trading System and Building a Network to Promote Accessions here
5th (CRT-V) 20/03/2017 — 23/03/2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia Best Practices on the Accession of Least-Developed Countries
For more information click here
4th (CRT-IV) 12/12/2015 — 
Nairobi, Kenya WTO Accessions and the Multilateral Trading System: Domestic Reforms for Competitiveness and Deeper Integration in the Interdependent Global Economy
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3rd (CRT-III) 02/06/2015 — 05/06/2015
(carried over from 2014)
Dushanbe, Tajikistan Maximizing the Benefits of WTO Membership and Global Economic Integration
For more information click here
2nd (CRT-II) 15/10/2013 — 18/10/2013 Luang Prabang, Lao PDR The Future of the Multilateral Trading System: 
Perspectives of LDCs and Article XII Members
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1st (CRT-I) 29/05/2012 — 01/06/2012 Beijing, China WTO Accession Best Practices for LDCs
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