On April 14, the press service of the head of state reported that President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received an update on the progress and future outlook of Uzbekistan’s World Trade Organization accession process.
To recap, As a refresher, Uzbekistan recommenced its accession process to this international organization in 2019. The working group’s sixth meeting occurred in Geneva in March. Uzbekistan has nearly concluded negotiations with three countries, out of a total of 47, and is actively engaged in talks with 31 others.
At the meeting, the president stressed that Uzbekistan must by all means join the WTO and noted the economic importance of this task.
“In the next three years we plan to double exports of finished products. The only way to achieve this is to become a member of the World Trade Organization. This will allow establishing a system of fair trade with 164 countries and find stable markets,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
During the presentation, issues raised by the member states of the organization during the talks were discussed.
The President gave instructions on harmonizing national legislation on the basis of WTO agreements and bringing procedures and standards in line with international requirements.
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Shavkat Mirziyoyev also pointed to the need to attract foreign consultants, form working groups, and systemic interaction of all ministries and embassies in this matter.