On 13 December 2016, at a ceremony held at the ACWL, Côte d’Ivoire signed its Protocol of Accession to the Agreement Establishing the ACWL. Côte d’Ivoire becomes the 34th developing country Member of the WTO to join the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL). Côte d’Ivoire is both the first country in West Africa and the first sub-Saharan francophone country to become a member of the ACWL. At the signing ceremony, Niall Meagher, Executive Director, welcomed Côte d’Ivoire to the ACWL, and said that he looked forward to providing the ACWL’s assistance to Côte d’Ivoire in the New Year. He also thanked the United Kingdom for the assistance provided to the ACWL activities in general and in particular to Côte d’Ivoire with its accession through the Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF), On behalf of Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellence Ambassador Kouadio Adjoumani said that Côte d’Ivoire was pleased to become a Member of the ACWL. He said that Côte d’Ivoire’s membership of the ACWL would be essential to enable it to develop its technical capacity to participate in the multilateral trading system and he looked forward to making good use of the services of the ACWL. Ambassador Adjoumani also expressed Côte d’Ivoire’s gratitude for the support provided by the United Kingdom through TAF. Mr. Andrew Staines, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom Mission to the WTO, expressed his support for the work of the ACWL and said that his Government, through TAF, was very happy to assist Côte d’Ivoire in becoming a Member of the ACWL. He looked forward to a positive relationship between the ACWL and Côte d’Ivoire with ongoing support from TAF. Ms Elsbeth Akkerman, Chairperson of the General Assembly of the ACWL, also welcomed Côte d’Ivoire to the ACWL and looked forward to Côte d’Ivoire participating in future meetings of the General Assembly. All developing countries that are Members of the WTO or in the process of acceding to the WTO are entitled, by virtue of their WTO Membership or process of accession, to become Members of the ACWL. The 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) that are Members of the WTO or in the process of acceding to the WTO are automatically entitled to the services of the ACWL without having to become Members of the ACWL. Côte d’Ivoire’s accession to the ACWL formally takes effect 30 days after the signing of the Protocol of Accession. Following Côte d’Ivoire’s accession, 76 countries/customs territories, or just under half of the Members of the WTO – are entitled to turn to the ACWL for advice on WTO law, support in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and legal training. Note: This article first appeared on the ACWL website.