Kazakhstan's WTO accession hampered by Mongolia and Ukraine: Deputy PM05 февраля 2015, 01:21
Kazakhstan’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) is hampered by two countries - Ukraine and Mongolia, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev said during his visit to Pavlodar Oblast in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports.
"The program was designed for the years 2010-2014. Under this program we held cooperation forums on a regular basis, where potential buyers could meet with companies to discuss cooperation. The program has proven its effectiveness, so we kindly ask to either renew the program for the development of local content or develop a new one," Deputy Akim (Mayor) of Pavlodar Oblast Duisenbai Turganov said at the meeting the the Deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan where they discussed government support to industrial enterprises.
However, Sagintayev did not support this proposal and said that all the efforts had to be pulled into Kazakhstan’s accession into the WTO.
"We cannot do this, we are entering the WTO. We have almost completed all the preparations and the negotiation processes for the accession onto the WTO. But we still have some unresolved issues with Mongolia and Ukraine. There are some unclear points. Mongolia opposes, citing some historical issues. It probably wants to bargain a better deal for itself, you know how talks happen in such cases. There are also issues with Ukraine. But I think that in the near future all of these issues will be resolved," Sagintayev said.
Writing by Dinara Urazova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina