on Chinese Taipei
adopted today by the Conference are the report of the Working Party
for the Accession of Chinese Taipei, the Protocol of accession, which
includes the terms of membership, and the schedule of Chinese Taipei’s
commitments on market access for goods and services.
Director-General Mike Moore welcomed the acceptance of Chinese Taipei
into the rules-based trading system. “With Chinese Taipei’s
membership, the WTO is taking yet another step towards achieving
universal membership”, said Mr. Moore. “This is an important step
and one which I’m sure will enhance even further economic
cooperation and will promote trade exchanges in a very dynamic region
of the world”, he added.
Director-General also said “In the last two years the WTO Membership
has increased by seven: Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Jordan, Lithuania,
Moldova, Oman, and with another 28 seeking membership”.
the Ministerial Conference approved the accession, the head of
delegation of Chinese Taipei, Mr. Lin Hsin-I, Minister of Economic
Affairs, said : “This event not only illustrates the support and
acknowledgement we receive from the WTO members, but also represents
the trust and commitments of our 23 million people toward the
multilateral trading system embodied by the WTO.”
the chairmanship of Martin R. Morland, United Kingdom, the Working
Party concluded on 18 September almost 12 years of negotiations
with Chinese Taipei and agreed to forward the legal text for formal
acceptance by the 142 Member governments of the WTO.
a result of this negotiation, Chinese Taipei has agreed to undertake a
series of commitments to open and liberalize its trade regime even
further in order to provide better access to its markets to foreign
suppliers of goods and services in accordance with WTO rules.
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