Comoros Starts WTO Joining Process

IAS Prelims 2023

The Comoros has set the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11), to be held in Buenos Aires in December 2017, as the target date for the conclusion of its accession negotiations.

At the first meeting of the working party on the accession of the Comoros, WTO members expressed their support for its membership process.

The working party held its first meeting on 2 December 2016 under the chairmanship of Ambassador Chávez Basagoitia of Peru.

At this meeting, it started to examine the country’s foreign trade regime and its regulatory framework. The chair and members of the working party commended the Comoros for providing extensive documentation, which served as the basis of the discussions.

About Comoros:

Comoros is a least-developed country in the Indian Ocean, with a population of approximately 750,000.

The Government of the Comoros applied for accession to the WTO in February 2007, and the working party was established in October 2007.

In October 2013, the country submitted its Memorandum on its Foreign Trade Regime, which was circulated to members.

Following a technical exchange with the WTO Secretariat, negotiating inputs were submitted in September 2016 and were circulated to the working party in October 2016.