Expert: Joining WTO is still priority for Tajikistan

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 23 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova /

Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) is still a priority for Tajikistan's joining the international integration associations, Tajik expert Vafo Niyatbekov said.

"At present, Tajikistan considers joining the WTO as a priority," chief specialist of the Strategic Studies Center under the Tajik President Vafo Niyatbekov told Trend today.

The country's joining the WTO may have a negative impact on Tajikistan's business, Deputy Chairman of the Tajik Chamber of Commerce Larisa Kislyakova wrote in her article.

However, there will be many positive aspects as a result of Tajikistan's joining the WTO.

"Joining the WTO may hit domestic manufacturers because their products are not competitive, and the cost is higher than foreign ones," he said. "However, this will be an incentive to strengthen competition and develop local manufacturers."

Local manufacturers have their consumers. One must not expect significant damage to their business activity in case of Tajikistan's joining the WTO.

Furthermore, such special conditions as tax incentives will likely to be created for domestic manufactures.

If one speaks about Tajikistan's possible joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which is currently being discussed by the parties, this will be less profitable for the country than the WTO membership, he added.

"In general, Tajikistan stands for joining the Customs Union, but it is a kind of 'resuscitation' of the USSR single national economic complex," the expert said.

He said that the organization's effectiveness must pass the test of time.

Tajikistan is focused on the import of products prevailing compared to other countries- non-members of the Customs Union, the analyst stressed.

"Accordingly, when joining the Customs Union, the customs duty on the import of goods from third countries will increase," said. "This will cause a rise in prices in the country."

In this regard, at present, the working committees which are working to mitigate the possible consequences of Tajikistan's joining the Customs Union have been established in Tajikistan.

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