Azerbaijan’s Accession to the WTO: an end to facile optimism about the membership?

Azerbaijan’s Accession to the WTO: an end to facile optimism about the membership? The World Trade Organization (WTO) believes that Azerbaijan has not passed even a quarter of the way to full membership in the WTO. The World Trade Organization (WTO) believes that Azerbaijan has not passed even a quarter of the way to full membership in the WTO. According to the WTO repots, Azerbaijan is not yet ready for adoption of Draft Accession Package and the... Read More

Azerbaijan may join the WTO if oil prices continue to remain low

Azerbaijan may join the WTO if oil prices continue to remain low Azerbaijan is preparing for the next meeting of the working groups on the country’s admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev informs that the meeting of the working groups will take place in Geneva from 19 to 23 July. “In addition to the meetings of the working groups; Geneva will host multilateral negotiations... Read More

CESD Research Paper: Why Azerbaijan needs a Strategic Reform of its foreign policy towards the European Union?

CESD Research Paper: Why Azerbaijan needs a Strategic Reform of its foreign policy towards the European Union? During the course of 2015 Azerbaijan suffered the impact of two devaluations of the national currency, Azerbaijani Manat (AZN), due to the decrease of the world oil prices. Given that oil and natural gas accounts for more than 90% of Azerbaijani exports, continued low world oil prices had a critical negative impact on the Azerbaijani economy.... Read More

Next Round WTO Negotiations; No New Promises?

Next round WTO Negotiations; No New Promises? Next round negotiations of Azerbaijan’s Accession to the WTO will be at the last week of November, 2012, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev told Trend on September, 11, 2012. “We have a maximum of four to six weeks beforehand to send answers to WTO member countries’ questions, proposals for negotiations and so on. Work on the answers is almost complete and I think we... Read More

Private Sector contributes less than 5 % of total export in Azerbaijan

Private Sector contributes less than 5 % of total export in Azerbaijan Total export was $ 8,4 billion in the first forth months of 2012 in Azerbaijan- State Customs Committee Reported.  4764 legal entities and individuals were dealing with export and import operations in Azerbaijan in January-April 2012. According to the Committee, of them 2,638 are legal entities and 2,125 are individuals. The state share in export operations over the past period... Read More

CESD Welcomes New Visiting Professor from the US

CESD Welcomes New Visiting Professor from the US Sherman Katz, senior advisor of Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, USA, visited Azerbaijan with invitation of Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) on May 2nd-4th, 2012. The trip is organized within the CESD Visiting Professor Program. Ms. Leyla Aliyeva, CESD PR Manager, mentioned Mr. Katz will have discussions with senior officials of Azerbaijan. He will visit President... Read More

Azerbaijan may join the WTO in 2013

Azerbaijan may join the WTO in 2013 If Government of Azerbaijan speed up membership negotiations If the negotiation process will continue at a pace that in 2013 Azerbaijan will become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO)- said Vugar Bayramov, chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD). Dr. Bayramov said that after holding bilateral meetings on goods and services in the framework of the IX round of multilateral talks... Read More