World Trade Organization

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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.

History

January 1, 1995 - WTO came into existence, following the Marrakech Agreement.

May 1, 1995 - Renato Ruggiero becomes director-general for 4 year term.

Sept 1, 1999 - Mike Moore becomes director-general.

Nov 30, 1999 - 3rd ministerial conference in Seattle, USA. The conference itself ended in failure, but the riots were spectacular.

Nov 9 - 13, 2001 - 4th ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar.

Dec 11, 2001 - China joins WTO after long negotiation.