Afghanistan has joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) calling it “historic” membership to boost the war-torn nation’s economy and build peace. The WTO has formally approved Afghanistan’s membership at its 10th ministerial conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Afghanistan’s membership came after formal approval by the WTO ministers in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said he was “delighted” to welcome Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has become the 164th WTO member and the 36th least developed country (LDC) to join the global trade body after 11 years of negotiations. The landlocked Asian country expects to reap the benefits of the WTO membership for its post-conflict reconstruction. Now Bhutan is the only SAARC member which has so far not joined the multilateral trade body.
On December 16′ 2015, Liberia joined the WTO at a similar ceremony at the conference in Nairobi.
- Capital : Kabul
- Currency : Afghan afghani
- President : Ashraf Ghani
- Official languages: Pashto, Dari