The World Trade Organization Website
Empire State College
The World Trade Organization (WTO) oversees the global rules of trade between nations. Its main responsibility is to make sure that the trade flows smoothly, predictably, and without restrictions. The World Trade Organization is also the organization to which countries turn when negotiating new trade rules or when the need to settle disputes arises. The World Trade Organization is a fairly new platform established on January 1, 1995 after Uruguay Round negotiations (1986 – 1994). As of June 26, 2014 160 countries were members of the WTO. Roberto Azevedo is the Director – General of the WTO.
The WTO website consists of 7 sections: Home (which points out the latest and most important events), About WTO (which is a detailed section on all information about WTO as an organization); News and Events; Trade Topics (which focuses on a variety of trade issues in detail); WTO Membership (which lists all the countries that belong, their dates of accession, and further details on other trade organizations they might belong to); Documents, Data, and Resources (which provides access to a broad array of documents and publications, as well as statistics); and WTO and You (information for the press, its members, and students on career opportunities and further info about trade).
I personally found the website to be designed and written in such a way that is easy to navigate and understand. As well as it contains all the necessary information that could be used for one’s own interest to explore the organization or for more specific professional reasons. One of the facts that I particularly enjoyed about exploring the website is that a lot of information is not only provided but also explained why it is of any significance and why certain decisions are made. The website is loaded with details on how money is spent, upcoming events, past events, and access to legal documents. Exploring the WTO...