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The resumption of the accession process of Uzbekistan to the World Trade Organization (WTO)

16.05.2018

The resumption of the accession process of Uzbekistan to the World Trade Organization (WTO)

On 14-16 May 2018, Tashkent hosted workshop on the resumption of the accession process of Uzbekistan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the Uzbekistan government officials. 

The Republic of Uzbekistan applied to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1994. To date, the Working Party, which consists of WTO members has met three times, the most recent meeting takaing place in 2005. Since then, the Uzbekistan's accession process has been dormant, as there has been no formal engagement with WTO members. However, recently the Government has expressed its high-level commitment and readiness to resume the WTO accession process.

The main purpose of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of the Uzbekistan government officials who are directly involved in the accession process. Another important tasks of the workshop are peer-learning and sharing of past  negotitation experience, as well as promoting public awareness of, and support for, WTO accession.

The workshop was organized with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly with the World Bank Group. The speakers at the sessions were representatives of the USAID office in Uzbekistan, representatives of the WTO and the World Bank Group. During the workshop, the current situation of the accession process of Uzbekistan  to the WTO, and further necessary steps was discussed. Also, the speakers presented the economic rationale for joining the WTO and shared information on key substantive provisions of all multilateral and plurilateral WTO agreements.

Also during the workshop, a parallel session was held on trade policy modelling with the participation of experts from the Center for Economic Research and the Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research. Models used by the department of trade and regional integration were provided, as well as the issues of availability of data and the baseline scenario for Uzbekistan were discussed.