In what types of scenarios might a country or region need assistance from WTO? Click here for information on the WTO: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/whatis_e.htm

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There are any number of scenarios in which it might be beneficial for a country or a region to seek help from the WTO.  Let us look at a few.

When countries or regions are having trade disputes with others.  If countries try to handle conflicts on their own, it is very possible that they will get nowhere and that their conflicts will become more entrenched.  If they turn to the WTO, they can get impartial assistance in settling their disputes.

When countries or regions lack the capacity to trade.  This is, of course, particularly true in the case of less developed countries.  Such countries can seek the WTO’s help in building the infrastructure and creating the competencies that they need to have in order to be able to trade.

When countries or regions lack good governance.  One major problem that affects many less developed countries is a lack of good government.  This can come in the form of corruption and of excessive pressure on government from specific interest groups.  The WTO can help put better forms of governance in place so as to make it more possible for economic growth to occur.

All of these are scenarios in which WTO help can be important to a country or region.

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