Geneva, December 12:
Vietnam will formally join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on January 11, becoming the bodyâ€™s 150th member, officials said here today.
The southeast Asian nation has informed the WTO that it has ratified its membership agreement, and will take up its seat one month hence, the global trade body said in a statement. The move followed the approval last month by Vietnamâ€™s Communist-dominated national assembly, finalising Hanoiâ€™s almost 12-year-long drive to join the WTO.
At the time, WTO director general Pascal Lamy hailed the countryâ€™s efforts and determination to achieve membership.