Policy Document to Assess Azerbaijan’s WTO Accession Process

Policy Document to Assess Azerbaijan’s WTO Accession Process

What are the essence and main functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO)? What modifications will Azerbaijan’s accession to the WTO claimed to be with no alternative bring to our country? Why do WTO negotiations, Azerbaijan has been involved for 13 years, still fail? What are advantages and disadvantages of WTO membership? These questions are not fundamental for us and the point is that here WTO Accession does not have alternative. This policy paper has been prepared to seek answers to the above questions, as well as an immense pile of questions that remain unanswered. The interjections, which were mentioned during a leading European TV discussion on the WTO, might be the best and the simplest ideas and explanations about this organization: “The WTO is a table. People sit round the table and negotiate.” Indeed unlike any other institution, the WTO does not set out specific provisions: they are sorted out through discussions and negotiations. So, this document deals with what questions and how they are discussed “around that table”.

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