Next round of negotiations on Azerbaijan’s accession to WTO to take place in autumn
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 June / Trend A.Akhundov /
The next round of negotiations on the accession of Azerbaijan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held this autumn, the head of the negotiating group, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev told Trend.
"The next meeting of the working group on the accession of Azerbaijan to the WTO will be held in the autumn, probably in late September - early October. Bilateral negotiations and multilateral meeting on agriculture may also take place within the meeting," Mammadguliyev said.
The last talks were held in Geneva in early June.
"Azerbaijan has held consultations with 12 countries in the format of bilateral meetings. Basically, these are the countries ready to support the agriculture. For the first time we met with Argentina, had a meeting with Indonesia and other countries of the region. We discussed the issues related to the conditions of agricultural support that might be present in Azerbaijan in accordance with the requirements and rules of the WTO," Mammadguliyev said.
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 started negotiations in 2004.
The negotiations have been completed and protocols were 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 at the WTO Secretariat was established on 16 July 1997.
Since 1997, Azerbaijan has been represented at the World Trade Organization as an observer.