Kazakhstan to retain level of state support to agriculture after entering WTO
Gulmira Issayeva. Photo courtesy of Flickr.com
Kazakhstan’s accession into the WTO is not going to affect the level of state support to agriculture, Gulmira Issaeva, Vice-Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, told Tengrinews. "We have plans to increase the state support that won't affect Kazakhstan’s accession into the WTO in any way, because we are within the limits set for the countries," the Vice-Minister said. She pointed out that during the entering the WTO every country negotiates its accession terms, and state support to the agriculture sector is one of such terms. "Agrobusiness 2020 program involves rising the subsidies 4.5 times. This fits within the WTO limits: no more than 10% for newly entering countries. With all the state support tools taken into account, the state support to agriculture will make 6.3% for Kazakhstan after the increase," she explained. Kazakhstan plans to enter the WTO in 2014.