Analysts have welcomed the announcement that the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation has set up three departments to help China with its World Trade Organisation entry, expected next week. WTO experts say these agencies came late in the process and the government still has a long way to prepare the Chinese for the impact of WTO entry. The ministry has established its Department of WTO Affairs, the China-WTO Notification Inquiry Centre and the Fair Trade Bureau for Import and Export, Beijing Youth Daily reported. The Department of WTO Affairs will handle WTO-related negotiations and relations with the trade body while the Inquiry Centre will circulate advice and oversee trade policies. The Fair Trade Bureau will handle subsidy and anti-dumping issues with foreign countries. These departments will protect China's interests and make sure it fulfills its WTO obligations. The fair trade bureau may represent China during WTO-administered trade disputes, said Stephen Harner, a finance specialist with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. The inquiry centre may aim to educate local governments about legal changes they must observe as WTO rules take effect, he said, because 'lots of regulations don't comply'. The establishment comes surprisingly late in the run-up to joining the WTO, said Shawn Xu, Beijing-based China International Capital economist. The government should focus more on legal reforms because without reforms banks and state-owned enterprises would suffer. He said changes in the law had not gone far enough.