The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an international organization dealing with the "rules of trade" between its member states. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. The head (director-general) is Mike Moore.
May 1, 1995 - Renato Ruggiero becomes director-general for 4 year term.
Sept 1, 1999 - Mike Moore becomes director-general.
Dec 11, 2001 - China joins WTO after long negotiation.