'The accession process is important for many reasons and yet it is among the least studied and understood parts of the trading system. Thus, the WTO Secretariat is to be commended for sponsoring this project and enlisting Mr Williams to write The Handbook on Accession to the WTO. The Handbook will be especially useful for government officials and the private sector of applicant countries who need to understand the arcane accession process. The Handbook will also help to stimulate new scholarship on accession. Journal of World Trade Review
Detailed information regarding the WTO accession process has until now only been available to the WTO Secretariat. Produced by the Secretariat, this handbook explains the process whereby governments become Members of the WTO. Analysis and comparison of the accession of specific governments, including China, is also included.