WTO Accession Issues

Kiel Working Paper No. 905

45 Pages Posted: 6 May 1999

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Rolf J. Langhammer

University of Kiel

Matthias Luecke

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy; CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research

Date Written: February 1999


For many applicant countries, accession to the WTO has been, and still is, a frustratingly slow process. In this paper, we discuss the substantial, contentious issues that are slowing down rogress in accession negotiations. We contrast these with the benefits of WTO accession not only to the applicant countries, but also to the multilateral trading system as a whole and, hence, to current members. Against this background, we suggest a strategy to accelerate accession without diluting the ground rules of the multilateral trading system.

JEL Classification: F13

Suggested Citation

Langhammer, Rolf J. and Lücke, Matthias, WTO Accession Issues (February 1999). Kiel Working Paper No. 905, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=153432 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.153432

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