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WTO - World Trade Organization


Location..............Geneva, Switzerland
Established...........1 January 1995
Created by...........Uruguay Round negotiations(1986-94) 
Membership.........161 countries.
Budget................196 million Swiss francs
Secretariat staff....640
Head...................Roberto Azevedo (Director-General)

Functions:
• Administering WTO trade agreements
• Forum for trade negotiations
• Handling trade disputes
• Monitoring national trade policies
• Technical assistance and training for developing countries
• Cooperation with other international organizations 

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. 

At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. 

The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.


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