Twenty Years of the WTO

A Retrospective

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20 Years of the WTO: A retrospective provides an overview of the first two decades of the arbiter of the multilateral trading system. A selection of compelling images and excerpts guides the reader through the history of the organization. Readers will uncover the origins, mission, composition, functioning and key figures of the organization, all the while exploring the challenges it has faced, and how it has worked to meet these challenges.



Monitoring world trade

The WTO’s monitoring of world trade is conducted through trade policy reviews of individual members and global reviews of the entire membership. Over 400 trade policy reviews have been undertaken since the WTO was established. These reviews allow an open exchange of information between trading partners, helping to guard against protectionism and to encourage members to adhere to WTO rules.


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