(Kazakhstan today) - The USA supports Kazakhstan's wish to become a member of the WTO. Mike Johanns, US Secretary of Agriculture, has stated this today, July 25, during a business forum "US Investments into Agriculture of Kazakhstan," Kazakhstan Today correspondent reports.
"We believe that it will be useful for farmers and agricultural industry of Kazakhstan, and we positively perceive the fact that Kazakhstan has asked technical aid from the WTO secretariat to carry out reforms of its agricultural sector," - the Secretary said, reports Trend.
Mr. Johanns has observed that the USA regards Kazakhstan as a leader in the Central Asian region and its main strategic partner. "We have arrived here with representatives of US companies that want to sell their products in Kazakhstan, but there are also persons among us, who would like to purchase agricultural products in your republic and realise their investment potential here. Therefore we would like to understand problems that the Kazakhstani business encounters during the export of products to the USA," - US Secretary of Agriculture has explained. According to him, the USA is now the biggest investor in Kazakhstan, the total volume of the US investments in Kazakhstan amounts to $12 billion. He has stressed that the US government realises "that we cannot expect favourable conditions for the access to their markets if we do not make efforts ourselves for realizing the difficulties encountered by these countries in their access to the US market."