The Kingdom of Nepal is now the 147th member of the World Trade Organization. Nepal started the negotiation process to join WTO in 1989. The kingdom ratified WTO's Protocol of Accession March 24. Acco

GENEVA--The Kingdom of Nepal is now the 147th member of the World Trade Organization.

Nepal started the negotiation process to join WTO in 1989. The kingdom ratified WTO's Protocol of Accession March 24. According to established practice, the Protocol came into force 30 days later.

WTO says another 24 countries are currently in talks join the organization.

These are (listed by the date of their application): Algeria, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Ukraine, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Seychelles, Tonga, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Andorra, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Samoa, Lebanese Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Yemen, Serbia and Montenegro, Bahamas, Tajikistan and Ethiopia.

WTO is the global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.