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Lao People’s Democratic Republic (1)

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s Working Party was established on 19 February 1998. The Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime was circulated in March 2001. Bilateral market access negotiations are underway on the basis of revised offers on goods and services. Multilateral work is proceeding on the basis of a Draft Working Party Report, circulated in February 2012. The Working Party held its seventh meeting in June 2011 to continue the examination of Lao PDR’s foreign trade regime. The General Council formally approved the Accession Package of Laos on 26 October 2012. Laos has been a member of WTO since 2 february 2013.

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Laos is officially the “Lao People’s Democratic Republic” or “Lao PDR”, but familiarly “Laos”.

  

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1.

Application Received

16 July 1997

2.

Working Party Established
Chairperson:
H.E. Yi Xiaozhun
(China, Jul 2011 — )
Dr. Zhang Xiangchen
(China, May 2009 — Jul 2011)

H.E. Bruce Gosper
(Australia, Jul 2006 — May 2009)
Mr. T. Groser
(N. Zealand, May 2004 — Jul 2006)
Mr. G. Raby
(Australia, Apr 1998 — May 2004)

19 February 1998

3.

Memorandum

28 March 2001

4.

Questions and Replies

2 October 2003

5.

Meetings of the Working Party

28 October 2004
30 November 2006
15 November 2007
4 July 2008
14 July 2009
24 September 2010
29 June 2011

6.

Other Documentation

(a) Additional Questions & Replies

24 January 2012

(b) Information on agriculture (WT/ACC/4)

6 May 2008

(c) Information on services (WT/ACC/5)

 

(d) SPS/TBT checklists (WT/ACC/8)

23 January 2012

(e) TRIPS checklist (WT/ACC/9)

23 January 2012

(f) Legislative Action Plan

23 January 2012 (General)
23 January 2012 (Customs Valuation)
23 January 2012 (SPS)
23 January 2012 (TBT)
23 January 2012 (TRIPS)

7.

Market Access Negotiations

Goods Offer

(a) initial
(b) latest


3 November 2006
10 August 2010
Services Offer

(a) initial
(b) latest


16 October 2007
27 July 2010
8.

Factual Summary
revision

29 October 2007
3 June 2009
9. Draft Working Party Report

latest revision

27 August 2010
16 February 2012

All unrestricted documents on accession of Laos    help

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