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Kazakhstan's WTO accession hampered by Mongolia and Ukraine: Deputy PM

05 february 2015, 01:21
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The World Trade Organization WTO logo is seen at the entrance of the WTO headquarters in Geneva April 9, 2013. ©REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH
The World Trade Organization WTO logo is seen at the entrance of the WTO headquarters in Geneva April 9, 2013. ©REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH

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 reason for the talk was the proposal of Pavlodar authorities to develop a new state program for development of local content. The currently implemented program has served well to improve the exiting regulations and develop new measures to enhance coordination between the government agencies and national companies for development of local content and non-tariff regulation, they said, proposing to bring the work forward even further with the next program.

"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 

 


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