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USA sees no hurdles for Kazakhstan to enter WTO

10 december 2013, 10:46
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The USA sees no hurdles for Kazakhstan to enter the WTO, Tengrinews.kz repots, citing the country’s Ministry for Economic Integration.

A Kazakh delegation headed by Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova, the country’s minister for economic integration, was among those in attendance at the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia, December 3-6, 2013.

“Kazakhstan’s accession into the WTO is a priority both for the USA and the organization”, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said at a sitting after discussing the issues pertaining to obligations taken on by Kazakhstan upon accession, including issues of subsidies to the country’s agriculture.

“Should the negotiators of the two nations agree on tariff quotas for imports of poultry to Kazakhstan, veterinary control exercised by the Customs Union of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus over imported agricultural produce, the USA sees no hurdles to Kazakhstan’s entering the organization in 2014”,Mr. Froman said.

The Kazakh side and the EU commissioner for trade dwelt on import duties and export duty rates for a range of products supplied from Kazakhstan to the EU.

Tengrinews.kz reported earlier that by the end of 2012, the share of WTO member countries in Kazakhstan’s external trade reached 96.51%; with the European Union's share standing at 41.05% ($54.6 billion), Russia’s at 17.59% ($23.4 billion) and China’s at 16.28% ($21.7 billion).

Kazakhstan voiced its intention to enter the WTO back in 1996. The same year the nation obtained an observer status within the organization.

Late October 2013 Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev offered Russia to jointly negotiate Kazakhstan accession into the WTO.

"We are facing a wall right now. We were moving together with Russia, upholding its defense level but now we are stuck. (...) The only way is to create a joint Kazakh-Russian delegation and negotiate with the European Union and America that are hindering use from the accession into the WTO," the President of Kazakhstan said.

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