The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a multilateral body focused on setting the rules for global trade. Currently there are six Pacific Island Countries that are members of the WTO. Three of those – Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa – underwent the process of accession, a process that involved them paying a high process for their membership.
The WTO is currently in negotiating the “Doha Development Agenda”, a round of negotiations aimed at addressing the needs of developing countries. The Doha round was launched in 2001 and is yet to deliver any meaningful outcomes for developing countries, instead the rich and industrialized countries are pushing to move beyond the Doha negotiations onto the areas of most interest to them.