Bilateral talks on Azerbaijan's WTO membership expected soon
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 / Trend I. Khalilova /
The Azerbaijani government expects bilateral talks to be held with WTO member countries in Geneva in late July, head of the negotiation group, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev said.
"It is not ruled out that the negotiations will take place with all the countries negotiating with Azerbaijan," he said. "But it all depends on the willingness of the member countries. New proposals on goods and prices have been already sent."
He said the next meeting with the WTO working group will take place no earlier than October.
The last meeting with the working group was held on Oct. 18, 2010 in Geneva, and bilateral meetings on goods and services were held with the U.S., Canada, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the Chinese Province of Taiwan and other WTO members on Oct. 19-22.
Azerbaijan has started negotiations since 2004. The country is in the process of negotiations with the United States, Japan, Brazil, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, European Union, Norway, India, South Korea, Chinese Province of Taiwan. In 2009, Switzerland joined this list.
Along with this, Azerbaijan continues working to bring the national legal framework into line with WTO requirements, to improve the existing trade regime. About 40-50 legislative acts must comply with the organization's requirements, nearly 30 documents of which have been unified, and work in this direction will continue next year.