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U.S. Congress to lift Jackson-Vanik restrictions for Uzbekistan upon WTO accession

akipress.com/
7 February 2020

The U.S. Congress will lift the Jackson-Vanik restrictions for Uzbekistan when the country enters the World Trade Organization, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Rosenblum told reporters in Tashkent.

The Jackson-Vanik amendment is a 1974 provision in United States federal law intended to affect U.S. trade relations with countries with non-market economies (originally, countries of the Communist bloc) that restrict freedom of emigration and other human rights.

The U.S. Ambassador agreed with the reporters the amendment is the remnant of the past. Uzbekistan has freedom of emigration, gazeta.uz cited the Ambassador as saying.

This is another reason why Uzbekistan should persist on WTO accession, Ambassador Rosenblum said.

In late 2017, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said the country resumed the efforts on WTO accession. Two years ago Uzbekistan submitted the revised memorandum on free trade as part of consideration of its WTO accession bid.