MJIEL Vol 14 Issue 1 2017 - Article 5

The Decision-Making Process of the WTO in Relation to Developing Countries
Ozue Vivian Adaeze
 
ABSTRACT: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an organization primarily tasked with the function of liberalising trade. It acts as a forum where Members meet to negotiate and take decisions on their trade-related issues. However, developing country Members, which comprise the majority of the WTO’s membership, have become increasingly dissatisfied with the fact that their interests are continually not being met at the majority of the WTO negotiations and even in relation to already existing WTO Agreements. One of the many complaints of such Members of the WTO is the decision-making process, which, in their view, is exclusionary and inherently biased and produces asymmetrical agreements.
This article analyses the decision-making process of the WTO from the perspective of developing countries to examine the validity of these complaints while also making a comparative analysis of the decision-making mechanisms of other international organizations.

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