Date of next negotiations round on Azerbaijan’s accession to WTO determined
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 May / Trend A.Akhundov /
The next round of multilateral and bilateral talks on Azerbaijan's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held on June 3-7, 2013, the head of the negotiating group, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev told Trend.
"This time we will mainly hold bilateral meetings. There will be no multilateral negotiations on agriculture, but these issues will be discussed," Mammadguliyev said.
As Mammadguliyev said earlier, in particular negotiations on goods and services will be carried out with such countries as India, South Korea, Taiwan Province of China and others.
Mamedguliyev also said it is planned to hold bilateral talks with a group of countries-major exporters of agricultural products, including Argentina, Brazil, Australia and others. Issues of subsidizing the agricultural sector in Azerbaijan will be agreed on with them.
To date, Azerbaijan is in the process of bilateral negotiations with the U.S., Japan, Brazil, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, European Union, Norway, India, South Korea, Taiwan Province of China, Canada, Switzerland and Honduras to join the WTO.
Azerbaijan has started negotiations in 2004.
The negotiations have already been completed and protocols signed with Turkey, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. The country is at the stage of signing the protocol with Moldova, which still considers the document.
The working group on Azerbaijan to the WTO was established on 16 July 1997.
Azerbaijan has been represented at the World Trade Organization as an observer since 1997.