Graduate School of International Studies Ajou University
Ethiopia is currently involved in a number of international trade negotiations which will have a far-reaching impact on her economy growth. One of the negotiations takes place is at the multilateral level (Ethiopia’s accession to the World Trade Organization and the other is inter-regionally). The aim of this paper is to assess the effects of World Trade Organization (WTO) accession on the economic growth and the opportunities available from membership. To do this, a multivariate regression analysis is employed using a time series data from 1980 to 2009. A policy implication of WTO for economic development of Ethiopia has been assessed also. For Ethiopia, the over-arching aim of trade integration to the global economy is to exploit its opportunities to transform the economy from a largely peasant agricultural economy to a modern economy. A country with a large and diverse resource base and potential, greater participation in world trade would provide additional opportunities to address the challenging issues of economic growth and poverty reduction. But the empirical study for DRC, Kenya and Uganda shows joining WTO has a negative effect on these countries economic development.