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What is the World Trade Organization

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. (World Trade Organization)

The WTO Can...

The WTO Can ...

1 ... cut living costs and raise living standards

2 ... settle disputes and reduce trade tensions

3 ... stimulate economic growth and employment

4 ... cut the cost of doing business internationally

5 ... encourage good governance

6 ... help countries develop

7 ... give the weak a stronger voice

8 ... support the environment and health

9 ... contribute to peace and stability

10 ... be effective without hitting the headlines

Source: WTO