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Business Guide to the World Trading System

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This publication is a sequel to the highly successful Business Guide to the Uruguay Round.



It provides an overview of achievements of the Uruguay Round and the legal system established by it and explains the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This edition contains updates on new developments which have taken place since 1996. It also contains a new section on the six trade-related subject areas: trade and environment, trade and investment, competition policy, transparency in government and procurement, trade facilitation and electronic commerce. A thorough understanding of the World Trading System is critical to increasing the competitiveness of enterprises in Commonwealth countries. This publication will be an essential tool to the international business community and will help business leaders to better understand the implications of the WTO Agreements and how to apply the various provisions and rules to their day-to-day business decisions.



Published jointly by the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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State Trading

The GATT rules impose two main obligations on member countries in regard to State trading enterprises. First, they require these enterprises to conduct their business on the basis of commercial considerations. Second, in order to ensure transparency in the products imported and exported by such enterprises, they require member countries to notify the WTO Secretariat on their activities.

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