On 8 October 2019, in Geneva at the annual Public Forum of the World Trade Organization (WTO) the session «Eurasian perspectives on the multilateral trading system» was conducted. The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN Office in Geneva jointly with the WTO Secretariat.
The session participants discussed the contributions of the Eurasian countries to the multilateral trading system, the key benefits of WTO accession and membership as well as exchanged views on the current state of play of the documents negotiated by the Member-states with a view to adopt them at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nur- Sultan in June 2020.
The Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Office in Geneva Zhanar Aitzhanova in her opening remarks informed the session participant’s about Kazakhstan’s accession process to the WTO, and as a new member of the Organization active participation in discussions to update global rulebook on electronic commerce, services domestic regulation, investment facilitation that the decision to adopt the documents can be taken at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference.
At the event A.Wolff, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Y.Ambrazevich, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, E.Mayorova, Director of the Department for Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, P. Garzotti, Deputy Head of the Permanent Mission of the European Union to the WTO and C.Pauletto, Professor, International University in Geneva took the floor as well.
The WTO Deputy Director General A.Wolff in his speech noted that the recently acceded Members, including Kazakhstan and Russia strong advocate for the multilateral trading system and support its reform. A.Wolff noted that the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nur-Sultan may contribute for the connection of the Eurasian region with other countries.
Е.Mayorova noted that the Russian Federation undertook broad commitments in its accession package and in this regard informed about her government expectations that other WTO Member will provide equal conditions to access their markets, as well as ensure equal competition in trade.
The event attended over 150 participants, including the WTO Deputy Directors-General K.Brauner and X.Yi as well as representatives of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union, diplomats, representatives of international organizations, private and academic sectors, as well as non-governmental organizations.
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