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Islandg1211 - WTO WEBSITE COMPARES IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN
There have been many times some Dinar "Guru" makes the comment that Iraq's ascension to full membership of the World Trade Organization is imminent. Please, just look at the WTO website and compare Iraq and Afghanistan to understand why Afghanistan became a member this summer and Iraq has not even though both started the process at the same time.
The WTO has a well structured path to membership with each step well defined.
Afghanistan went through the process with all their Working Group reviews.
Iraq started the process under the Bush Administration, then stopped.
There's been NO WORKING GROUP EVEN FORMED.
There have been NO scheduled WTO Working Group meetings even scheduled in the past two years.
Iraq is NO WHERE NEAR becoming a member according to the WTO website.
They were probably closer to becoming a member under the Bush Administration's guidance and influence than they are now.
Iraq has gone NO WHERE in 8 YEARS within the WTO ascension process.
Again, please compare Iraq with Afghanistan on the WTO's website to see that membership ascension is a step-by-step lengthy process. Iraq never even got to the second step.
Look at the "Blue" shading on the WTO website's ascension step chart that indicates what's been completed and what has not been completed (indicated in gray). Afghanistan completed their steps. Iraq literally hasn't held a meeting in eight years.