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Uzbekistan is rapidly moving towards accession to the WTO

www.uzdaily.com/en
13 May 2021

In the format of a video conference, negotiations were held between Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sardor Umurzakov with Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

During the conversation, the current state of the process of Uzbekistan’s accession to the WTO, as well as urgent tasks for the further advancement of negotiations within the framework of the republic’s accession to this Organization, were discussed.

It was noted that the tangible results of large-scale transformations in Uzbekistan, carried out under the leadership of the Head of State, contribute to the formation of a positive attitude towards Uzbekistan of the WTO member countries. Moreover, the Director General of the WTO highly appreciated the systemic and consistent measures implemented by the Government of Uzbekistan to intensify the process of the country’s accession to the Organization, as well as the pace and quality of preparation and provision of the necessary documents.

It was emphasized that one of the priority tasks on the agenda of bilateral interaction at the moment is to hold the next, 5th meeting of the Working Group on Uzbekistan’s accession to the WTO this year. The parties discussed a number of practical issues in preparation for this event and outlined further joint steps in this direction.

Okonjo-Iweala expressed her readiness to provide comprehensive support to Uzbekistan in the process of joining the Organization and to intensify joint work in this direction in order to promptly solve common problems.

As a result of the negotiations, an agreement was reached on continuing regular contacts with the WTO Secretariat and attracting its technical assistance in order to organize the 5th meeting of the Working Group in a quality manner, as well as to bring national legislation in line with the norms of the WTO agreements and prepare the necessary documents for negotiations with states members.