Vanuatu Joins World Trade Organization

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Sixth among other WTO member nations in Pacific

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 26, 2012) – Vanuatu has formally become the 156th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Pacnews reports the Protocol of Accession is being deposited with the Geneva-based organization today, marking Vanuatu's formal entry to the world trading body.

Vanuatu's Ambassador to the European Union and Belgium, Roy Mickey Joy, says it comes after 17 years of intense and protracted negotiations and consultations between Port Vila and Geneva.

Vanuatu joins five other Pacific Island Countries - Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga, which are already members of the WTO.

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