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Bakytzhan Sagintayev meets with WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff

16 May 2018, 17:46

Today in Astana Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Alan Wolff, who arrived in the capital of Kazakhstan to participate in the XI Astana Economic Forum.

At the meeting, issues of further improvement of Kazakhstan's cooperation with the WTO, effective implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and the active integration of the Central Asian region in the multilateral trading system were discussed. In addition, the matters of electronic commerce development, promotion of investments, and integration of small and medium enterprises into international trade were considered.

For reference: The official date of WTO creation is January 1, 1995. The headquarters of the Organization is in Geneva (Swiss Confederation). Since September 1, 2017, the Director General of the WTO is Roberto Azevedo, who has been re-elected for a second 4-year term. R. Azevedo became the sixth Director General of the WTO on September 1, 2013.

As of October 1, 2017, 164 states are full participants in the WTO, accounting for more than 98% of world trade.

The Republic of Kazakhstan became a full member of the WTO on November 30, 2015. Another 21 states have WTO observer status, and most of them are negotiating to join the Organization. Over 60 international organizations have observer status in various WTO structures.

The first 2.5 years of Kazakhstan's membership in the WTO are marked by the country's active participation in the work of the Organization. Successfully completing the chairmanship of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment in 2017, Kazakhstan was elected in 2018 as Chair of the WTO Special Session on Trade in Services, which demonstrates our high authority and confidence of member countries in our country.


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