Once all the necessary background information has been obtained, the working group will focus on issues of divergence between WTO rules and the applicant`s international and domestic trade policy and laws. The Working Party defines the conditions for the accession of the eligible country to the WTO and may consider transitional periods to give countries some leeway to comply with WTO rules.  Seven rounds of GATT negotiations took place (1949 to 1979). The first genuine GATT trade cycles (1947-1960) focused on further tariff reductions. Then, in the mid-sixties, the Kennedy Round produced a GATT anti-dumping agreement and a section on development. The Tokyo Round of the seventies was the first major attempt to remove trade barriers that do not exist in the form of tariffs and to improve the system by adopting a series of agreements on non-tariff barriers that, in some cases, interpreted existing GATT rules and, in other cases, are completely new. Since not all GATT members accepted these plurilateral agreements, they were often informally referred to as “codes”. (With the Uruguay Round, several of these codes were amended and converted into multilateral commitments accepted by all WTO Members. Only four of them remained plurilateral (those relating to government procurement, beef, civil aircraft and dairy products), but in 1997 WTO members agreed to terminate the agreements on beef and dairy products, leaving only two.
) Despite attempts in the mid-1950s and 1960s to establish some form of institutional mechanism for international trade, the GATT functioned provisionally for nearly half a century as a semi-institutionalized multilateral treaty regime.  The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights sets minimum standards for many forms of intellectual property regulation. It was negotiated at the end of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1994.  The Customs Valuation Agreement, officially referred to as the Convention for the Implementation of Article VII of the GATT, establishes customs valuation methods to be followed by Members. The main approach is “transaction value”. This was the largest negotiating mandate ever agreed for trade: the talks aimed to extend the trading system to several new areas, in particular trade in services and intellectual property, and to reform trade in sensitive sectors of agriculture and textiles; all original GATT articles could be examined.  The Final Act concluding the Uruguay Round and formally establishing the WTO regime was signed on April 15, 1994 at the Ministerial Meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, and is therefore known as the Marrakesh Agreement.  The WTO Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the WTO`s activities over the past year and provides information on the WTO`s budget and staff. In May 2020, Ceo Roberto Azevedo announced his resignation on 31 August 2020.  As of October 2020[update], an appointment and selection process with eight candidates is currently underway and the final selection is scheduled for 7 November 2020 with the consensus of 164 member countries.  A strong consensus had formed around Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala`s candidacy, but on October 28, it turned out that the U.S. representative had vetoed her nomination.
 The WTO is essentially an alternative dispute settlement or conciliation body that respects international rules of trade between nations. The organization provides a platform for member governments to negotiate and resolve trade issues with other members. The main objective of the WTO is to provide open channels of communication on trade between its Members. The WTO accession process is unique for each candidate country, and the conditions for accession depend on the country`s level of economic development and current trade arrangements.  The process takes about five years on average, but may take longer if the country is not fully engaged in the process or if political issues arise. The shortest accession negotiations were those of the Kyrgyz Republic, while the longest was that of Russia, which first applied to join GATT in 1993, was approved for accession in December 2011 and became a member of the WTO on 22 August 2012.  Kazakhstan has also had a lengthy accession negotiation process. The Working Group on the Accession of Kazakhstan was established in 1996 and approved for accession in 2015.
 The second longest was that of Vanuatu, whose working group for Vanuatu`s accession was established on July 11, 1995. After a final meeting of the working group in October 2001, Vanuatu requested more time to consider its conditions of membership. In 2008, it expressed interest in resuming and completing its accession to the WTO. The Working Party on Vanuatu`s Accession met informally on 4 April 2011 to discuss Vanuatu`s future accession to the WTO. The reconvened group fulfilled its mandate on 2 May 2011. The General Council formally approved the accession package for Vanuatu on 26 October 2011. On 24 August 2012, the WTO welcomed Vanuatu as its 157th Member.  An offer of membership will not be made until a consensus is reached among interested parties.
 The final phase of accession includes bilateral negotiations between the candidate country and other members of the Working Party on Concessions and Commitments on tariff levels and market access for goods and services. The new Member`s obligations are to apply equally to all WTO Members under normal non-discrimination rules, even if negotiated bilaterally.  For example, following its accession to the WTO, Armenia offered a flat-rate customs duty of 15% for access to its product market. Apart from the fact that collective bargaining is ad valorem, there are no specific or composite tariffs. In addition, there are no tariff quotas for industrial and agricultural products.  Armenia`s growth in economic and trade performance has been noted since its first review in 2010, particularly its recovery from the 2008 global financial crisis with an average annual GDP growth rate of 4%, despite some fluctuations. The Armenian economy has been characterized by low inflation, poverty reduction and substantial progress in strengthening its macroeconomic stability, with trade in goods and services, equivalent to 87% of GDP, playing an increasing role.  The WTO derives most of the revenue from its annual budget from the contributions of its Members. These contributions are based on a formula that takes into account each member`s share in international trade.
A starting point for important information about the WTO. Although tariffs and other barriers to trade have been significantly reduced thanks to GATT and the WTO, the promise that free trade will accelerate economic growth, reduce poverty and increase people`s incomes has been challenged by many critics.  Some prominent skeptics [Who?] cite the example of El Salvador. In the early 1990s, they removed all quantitative barriers to imports and also lowered tariffs. However, the country`s economic growth has remained weak. On the other hand, Vietnam, which only began reforming its economy in the late 1980s, has enjoyed great success in deciding to follow the Chinese economic model and liberalize slowly, as well as implement protective measures for internal trade. Vietnam has largely succeeded in accelerating economic growth and reducing poverty without immediately removing significant barriers to trade.   Cooperation among multilateral institutions in the field of global economic policy.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization that deals with the regulation of international trade between nations. The WTO officially took office on 1 January 1995 under the Marrakesh Agreement, which was signed by 123 countries on 15 April 1994 and replaced the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) begun in 1948. It is the largest international economic organization in the world.   The WTO is based on agreements signed by the majority of the world`s trading nations. The main function of the organization is to help producers of goods and services, exporters and importers to protect and manage their businesses. In 2019, the WTO had 164 member countries, with Liberia and Afghanistan being the youngest members to join in July 2016, and 23 “observer countries”. The history of international trade has been a struggle between protectionism and free trade, and the WTO has fueled globalization with both positive and negative effects. The organization`s efforts have increased the expansion of global trade, but a side effect has been a negative impact on local communities and human rights. The Services Council consists of three subsidiary bodies: financial services, national regulations, GATS rules and specific obligations.  The Council has several different committees, working groups and working groups.
 There are committees on trade and environment; Trade and Development (Subcommittee on Least Developed Countries); regional trade agreements; balance of payments restrictions; and budget, finance and administration. There are working groups on the following topics: Accession. There are working groups on the following topics: trade, debt and finance; and trade and technology transfer. General enquiries, publications, the website. Also copyright and trademark statements. The WTO establishes a framework for trade policy; The results are not defined or specified. That is to say, it is a question of establishing the rules of “trade policy”. Five principles are of particular importance for the understanding of both the pre-1994 GATT and the WTO: the priority is to settle disputes, preferably through an amicable solution, and it has been envisaged that the process should be conducted effectively and in a timely manner, so that “when a case is decided, it should normally not take more than one year for a panel decision and no more than 16 months, if the case is contested. . . .