While THE GATT was a set of rules agreed upon by nations, the WTO is an intergovernmental organization with its own headquarters and staff, whose scope covers both traded goods and trade in the service sector and intellectual property rights. Although used for multilateral agreements, multilateral agreements have led to selective exchanges and fragmentation among members in several rounds of negotiations (particularly the Tokyo Round). WTO agreements are generally a multilateral mechanism for the settlement of GATT agreements.  GATT was established in 1948 to regulate world trade. It was created as a means of stimulating economic recovery after the Second World War by reducing or eliminating tariffs, quotas and subsidies. The WTO has replaced GATT as an international organization, but the general agreement still exists as a framework agreement on trade in the products of the Chambers of e and Commerce, which was updated following the Uruguay Round negotiations. Professional lawyers distinguish between the 1994 GATT, the updated gaTT parts, and the 1947 GATT, the original agreement that remains the core of the 1994 GATT. Disconcerting? For most of us, just refer to the GATT. The delay had some advantages. It has allowed some negotiations to go further than they would have been in 1990: for example, certain aspects of services and intellectual property and the creation of the WTO itself.
But the task was immense and the fatigue of the negotiations was felt in the commercial bureaucracies of the world. The difficulty of reaching agreement on a comprehensive package containing almost all of the current trade issues has allowed some to conclude that negotiations of this magnitude would never again be possible. However, the Uruguay Round agreements contain timetables for further negotiations on a number of issues. And in 1996, some countries openly called for a new cycle at the beginning of the next century. The response was mixed; but the Marrakesh agreement already contained commitments to resume negotiations on agriculture and services at the turn of the century. They began in early 2000 and were included in the Doha Development Agenda at the end of 2001. During the Great Depression, the collapse of international relations and increased trade regulation exacerbated poor economic conditions and contributed to the outbreak of World War II.