World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international body dealing with the rules of trade between nations.  Australia is a founding member of the WTO (1 January 1995) and its predecessor the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) (1 January 1948).  Australia’s work in the WTO is aimed at achieving trade reform on a global scale.

The WTO Ministerial Conference is the superior decision-making body of the WTO.  The Tenth Ministerial Conference (MC10) will be in Nairobi, Kenya from 15-18 December 2015.  This conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the WTO and be the first Ministerial Conference held in Africa.  Australia is working to ensure the conference produces credible results and affirms the value of the WTO at the centre of an effective and well-functioning multilateral trading system.

Ministerial Conferences have previously been held in Singapore, Geneva (1998, 2009, 2011), Seattle, Doha, Cancún and Hong Kong.  The most recent was the Ninth Ministerial Conference (MC9) held in Bali in December 2013.

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Office of Trade Negotiations
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Barton ACT 0221