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Kazakhstan may be admitted to WTO

  • By Maja Micudova and 1 other
  • Last update: 3 years ago
  • Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

Pascal Lamy, director general of WTO

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Kazakhstan may join the World Trade Organization (WTO) following nearly 18 years of accession talks. 

"Kazakhstan is at an advanced stage of its accession negotiation. My guess is that this could be doable this year," WTO director general Pascal Lamy said on the sidelines of the Gaidar Forum in Moscow in Mid-January. 

Kazakhstan applied to join the WTO in 1996. The membership is expected to boost the economy of the oil-rich Central Asian state by opening it to foreign investors. 

Kazakhstan's neighbor Russia was admitted to the organization in August 2012.

www.reuters.com - Kazakhstan may join WTO this year: WTO chief Lamy on 2013-01-17

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