X round of talks on Azerbaijan’s membership in WTO scheduled preliminarily for 30 November

X round of talks on Azerbaijan’s membership in WTO scheduled preliminarily for 30 November

Azerbaijan, which held in Geneva on 24 February the 9th meeting of the working groups on admission to the WTO, has a chance to conduct another round of talks this year.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev has stated that the WTO Secretariat appointed preliminarily the X meeting of the working groups on Azerbaijan’s accession to the WTO for 30 November.

“The date may be specified, but the above-mentioned is planned currently. As 30 November is Friday, we plan to conduct the entire previous week our bilateral negotiations with WTO members and hold a round of multilateral negotiations on issues of agricultural support,” Mammadguliyev said.

He added that the answers to the WTO members’ questions asked during the IX round have been already submitted to the WTO Secretariat. “On their basis, for two or three weeks the Secretariat will prepare and submit to the Azerbaijan the actual summary on the progress of country’s joining the organization,” Mammadguliyev said.

On 27-28 July, Azerbaijan held consultations in Geneva with the WTO Secretariat and bilateral negotiations with the United States, Canada, Brazil and China.

Some progress has been achieved during bilateral negotiations, but the sides are not yet ready to announce their completion.

This February bilateral talks with WTO members and multilateral talks on issues of agricultural sector support were also held. Participants of negotiating process noted a little progress of Azerbaijan on the way to full membership in WTO and called it to work further in this direction.

The VIII meeting of the Working Group on Admission of Azerbaijan took place in Geneva on 18-22 October 2010. Multilateral talks were not held in 2011. Azerbaijan has been negotiating about its WTO membership since 1999.

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