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Kazakhstan, Canada finished WTO introduction negotiations

Astana. February 13. Kazakhstan Today - Kazakhstan has finished negotiations with Canada on WTO introduction. Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce of Kazakhstan, the special representative of Kazakhstan at negotiations for WTO introduction, Zhanar Aytzhanova informed journalists after the ceremony of signing of the protocol on completion of bilateral negotiations with Canada, the agency reports. "Signing the document on completion of bilateral negotiations between Canada and Kazakhstan within the limits of WTO introduction took place today," Z. Aytzhanova said. She emphasized that "negotiations have been completed on mutually advantageous conditions." "Kazakhstan had to make a compromise concerning decrease of import custom duties on such goods, as airplanes, tobacco and whiskey. And at the same time we have defended the interests of our agricultural manufacturers," Z. Aytzhanova noted. Kazakhstan has held negotiations on WTO introduction since 1996. The working group for WTO introduction includes 38 WTO countries - participants. Kazakhstan has conducted bilateral negotiations with 25 countries. As of today, the protocols on completion of bilateral negotiations have been signed with 20 countries, including Canada. Kazakhstan needs to complete bilateral with 5 parties: Australia, EU, the USA, India and Canada. Kazakhstan hopes to finish all negotiations and to join WTO in 2009.

Resourse: Kazakhstan Today

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