The WTO system contributes to development. On the other hand, developing countries need flexibility in the time needed to implement the agreements of the system. And the agreements themselves inherit the previous provisions of the GATT, which allow special educational assistance and trade concessions to developing countries. It was considered essential that the four-year-old DDA negotiations make sufficient progress to conclude the Round in 2006. At that meeting, the countries agreed to end all agricultural export subsidies by the end of 2013 and to end all cotton export subsidies by the end of 2006. Other concessions to developing countries included an agreement to introduce duty-free access for products from least developed countries, following the European Union`s “Everything But Arms” initiative, but with up to 3 per cent of tariffs. Other important issues need to be addressed by the end of 2006. The WTO secretariat provides technical assistance to assist WTO members in developing countries wishing to learn more about the GPA and/or to support the GPA. Where appropriate and desired by the candidate countries, other intergovernmental organisations (e.g.
B regional development banks) or governance institutions may also provide technical assistance for accession to the GPA. That said, the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is very effective. The chronological list of WTO cases is available here. Countries attract their trading partners to this body when one country`s action is perceived by another country as unfair and a violation of a WTO agreement. Many purchasing opportunities are also published electronically. Any enterprise of a signatory country that wishes to sell goods or services covered by the GPA to a procuring entity of another signatory country listed in Annex I to the GPA may benefit from this Agreement. The World Trade Organization estimates that the value of government procurement covered by the agreement is worth several hundred billion dollars a year. . .