Uzbekistan: Facilitating the Process of Accession to the WTO
The ‘Facilitating the process of Uzbekistan’s accession to the WTO’ project was set up to support Uzbekistan's development plans by assisting the country’s decision to integrate into the world economy through membership of the World Trade Organization. The project commenced in February 2020 with funding from the European Union and is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC). It is set to run for five-year period.
The guiding objective of the project is to contribute to the economic development of Uzbekistan. The country will be assisted to create a trade environment that conforms with international rules and standards and help it to maintain predictable and enforceable laws and regulations. In this manner the economy will become modernized and integrated into the global economy, and thereby attract investment, create employment and stimulate economic development.
Practically, the Uzbekistan Government will be equipped to draft the documents and develop its negotiating positions as required by the WTO accession process.
The executive and legislative branches will be better informed to develop specific sectoral laws and regulations as needed to comply with Uzbekistan's new international commitments.
Policymakers’ understanding of the WTO accession process and its legal framework will be reinforced.
In this manner the country’s capacity to comply with WTO rules will be developed, notably in the areas of standards, agricultural export requirements and trade facilitation.
In addition, the project will keep the private sector informed about the WTO accession process and its effects and benefits.
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Our quarterly newsletter in English, Russian and Uzbek updates beneficiaries and interested parties on the progress made in Uzbekistan's World Trade Organization accession process. The newsletter also serves businesses and women and youth groups.
The project focuses on five areas for Uzbekistan to negotiate WTO accession commitments and to put in place the mechanisms to put them into practice.
Practical assistance with draft documentation and negotiation stances is provided to support Uzbekistan’s team at the WTO negotiating table.
The legislative and executive branches are equipped to develop and manage specific regulation that ensures national laws are aligned with WTO obligations.
The project assists with developing policymakers’ understanding of the accession process and the WTO’s legal framework to create an enabling policy environment.
Institutional capacity is developed to foster practical know-how that has to be applied in specific trade-related areas, such as trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade and health and safety standards related to trade in agricultural goods, which are administered through the WTO’s sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
Lastly, the project engages the private sector in a comprehensive awareness-raising campaign to ensure that local businesses, including women’s associations, understand and can benefit from the liberalization of the business environment.
This multi-pronged approach aims to contribute to the smooth transition to, and integration of Uzbekistan into, the global economy. The process aims to create a stable and predictable policy environment that will encourage more investment, boost employment creation and stimulate the overall economic welfare of the country to the benefit of its population.
Women entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan participated in workshop to learn about the effect and benefits from integrating in the global economy when the country becomes a member of the World Trade Organization. See related story here.