International organizations (41 - 50 of 84 items)
World Trade Organization: First-Year U.S. Efforts to Monitor China's Compliance
GAO-03-461: Published: Mar 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2003.
China's December 2001 membership in the World Trade Organization created substantial opportunities for U.S. companies seeking to expand into China's vast market, and for significant reforms within China at all levels of government. However, the benefits of China's membership in the World Trade Organization are contingent on China's successful implementation of its commitments. In recognizing this...
World Trade Organization: Analysis of China's Commitments to Other Members
GAO-03-4: Published: Oct 3, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2002.
China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) on December 11, 2001, represented a major step in the reform efforts of the U.S.'s fourth largest trading partner. When implemented, these reforms will liberalize and modernize China's economy and trading activities, including its industrial, services, and agricultural sectors. However, understanding the implications of China's accession depend...
World Trade Organization: Selected U.S. Company Views about China's Membership
GAO-02-1056: Published: Sep 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2002.
China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) on December 11, 2001, brought the world's seventh largest economy under global trade liberalizing rules. If implemented, China's commitments will open China's economy and reform its trading activities, thereby expanding U.S. companies' opportunities for investing in China and for exporting goods, agricultural products, and services to China. Un...
World Trade Organization: Early Decisions Are Vital to Progress in Ongoing Negotiations
GAO-02-879: Published: Sep 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2002.
In November 2001, the World Trade Organization launched a new set of multilateral negotiations at its ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar. The ministerial conference was important because it laid out an ambitious agenda for a broad set of new multilateral trade negotiations, set forth in the Doha Ministerial Declaration. The declaration calls for a continuation of discussions on liberalizing tra...
International Trade: Critical Issues Remain in Deterring Conflict Diamond Trade
GAO-02-678: Published: Jun 14, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2002.
The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly defines conflict diamonds as rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance their military activities, including attempts to undermine or overthrow legitimate governments. The United States and much of the international community are trying to sever the link between conflict and diamonds while ensuring that no harm is done to the legitimate diamond ind...
World Trade Organization: Observations on China's Rule of Law Reforms
GAO-02-812T: Published: Jun 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2002.
This testimony describes China's development of rule of law practices related to the commitments China made to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which it joined in November 2001. When China joined the WTO, it agreed that its legal measures would be consistent with its WTO obligations. GAO found 60 commitments that specifically obligate China to enact, repeal, or modify trade-related laws or regu...
Free Trade Area Of The Americas: Negotiators Move Toward Agreement That Will Have Benefits, Costs to U.S. Economy
GAO-01-1027: Published: Sep 7, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2001.
The 34 democratic countries of the Western Hemisphere pledged in December 1994 to form Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) no later than 2005. The FTAA agreement would eliminate tariffs and create common trade and investment rules among the 34 democratic nations of the Western Hemisphere. When completed, the FTAA agreement will cover about 800 million people, more than $11 trillion in producti...
World Trade Organization: Status of China's Trade Commitments to the United States and Other Members
NSIAD-00-142: Published: May 16, 2000. Publicly Released: May 16, 2000.
GAO followed up on its previous report on the status of China's World Trade Organization (WTO) membership negotiations, focusing on the: (1) results of the November 1999 bilateral Agreement on Market Access between China and the United States; and (2) status of China's ongoing multilateral negotiations in the WTO.GAO noted that: (1) in a November 1999 bilateral agreement with China, U.S. and Chine...
World Trade Organization: China's Membership Status and Normal Trade Relations Issues
NSIAD-00-94: Published: Mar 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2000.
GAO provided information on efforts to grant China membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), focusing on: (1) the status of negotiations for China to join WTO; (2) the results of the negotiations as compared to U.S. objectives for these negotiations; and (3) trade and legal considerations about granting China permanent normal trade relations status.GAO noted that: (1) although the United S...
World Trade Organization: Seattle Ministerial: Outcomes and Lessons Learned
T-NSIAD-00-86: Published: Feb 10, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the World Trade Organization's (WTO) 1999 ministerial conference, focusing on the: (1) outcome of the ministerial conference; (2) factors contributing to the outcome; and (3) the lessons learned from the meeting.GAO noted that: (1) the WTO member countries failed to meet their goal of launching a new round of multilateral trade negotiations at the...