WTO Accessions

Expanding World Trade and Strengthening WTO Rules

Since the WTO was established in 1995, 33 economies have joined the organization. This has resulted in over 20,000 pages of legal documents defining their specific terms of membership. These accessions have brought the WTO’s total membership to 161 economies, comprising more than 7 billion people and accounting for 98 per cent of world trade. This brochure, produced to mark the WTO’s 20th anniversary, looks into the WTO’s ever-expanding membership and the benefits of WTO accession.