Next round negotiations between Azerbaijan and WTO were postponed to the second half of 2017

Next round negotiations between Azerbaijan and WTO were postponed to the second half of 2017

Mahmud Mammadguliyev, chief negotiator on Azerbaijani accession to the WTO and Deputy Foreign Minister, has commented on the next round of talks on WTO accession held in Geneva last July by underling that Azerbaijan’s foreign trade regime was discussed at a meeting of the working group in Geneva.

“The meeting was quite active, there were many questions. From US, EU and other countries. While we are waiting for the questions to come from them in writing,” Mammadguliyev has said.

According to him, holding the next round of negotiations will depend on when they get answers from the relevant agencies. The next talks will likely be held not earlier than in the first half of the next year.

Mammadguliyev said that another serious issue is the multilateral negotiations on agriculture. “In addition to the negotiations that were already held in the framework of Azerbaijan’s accession to the WTO, negotiations began with Russia and Saudi Arabia,” Mammadguliyev said.

Reminded here that 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 Memorandum on the results of activity of the working groups that would make the half of the accession process. In multilateral negotiations Azerbaijan has done only ¾ of the way to the Draft Working Party Report (DWPR) and nothing at all in plurilateral process, which discusses the proposals for agriculture and other sectors. Bilateral negotiations with the WTO members are considered completed by 50%.

According to the WTO Assessment, the chair of the working party, Ambassador Walter Werner (Germany), commended Azerbaijan for its progress in bringing its trade regime in compliance with WTO rules but urged members and Azerbaijan to “accelerate” the pace of negotiations.

© CESD, 2016

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