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Seychelles ratifies WTO accession protocol; membership to become official

Published on March 27, 2015

The Seychelles parliament ratified the WTO's accession protocol on 24 March officially making it the 161st member of the organisation.

Negotiations to finalize Seychelles accession concluded at the end of last year  with the WTO Working Party signing off on the island nation’s accession terms in October 2014.

Following the approval of the accession terms by the WTO General Council in December last year, the accession package needed to go through the ratification process in Seychelles before June 2015.

Following the ratification of the accession protocol earlier this week, Seychelles President James Michel signed yesterday the legal instrument to formalise Seychelle’s accession to the WTO. Read more. Source | Brookings