Maldives is a signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Maldives became a founder of the WTO on 31 May 1995; before that, Maldives had been a contracting party to the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT), since 19 April 1983. WTO is the forerunner to the GATTS, The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
As a Member of the WTO, the Maldives accords MFN treatment to all WTO Members.
During its Trade Policy Review in 2009, the Maldives has stated that it wants a quick and positive outcome of the DDA, especially with regard to technical assistance and the "aid for trade initiative", both of which would contribute to its development and improve its compliance with WTO Agreements.
In 2008, the Maldives appointed an ambassador to the WTO and accredited its United Nations mission in Geneva to the WTO. These steps will ensure increased participation in WTO meetings, and thus greater understanding of WTO rules and proceedings.
The Maldives is a member of the following groups in the negotiations:
Asian Developing Members
Small, vulnerable economies (SVEs) – Agriculture
Small, vulnerable economies (SVEs) - NAMA
Small, vulnerable economies (SVEs) - Rules