(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 6. A new position of
special representative of the President of Uzbekistan on WTO issues
was introduced in the structure of the Presidential Administration
as part of the intensification of the processes of Uzbekistan's
accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), trend reports.
By a presidential decree dated June 2, Aziz Urunov, who
previously held the position of a responsible employee of the
Presidential Administration, was appointed to the position of
special representative of the head of state.
The special representative will perform several functions: he
will become the chief negotiator and head of the negotiating group,
as well as deputy chairman of the interdepartmental commission for
work with the WTO, which is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Jamshid
The tasks of the special representative include intensifying the
process of Uzbekistan's accession to the WTO, developing a clear
position on each issue under discussion during negotiations on
membership in the organization, holding negotiations with member
states and maintaining ongoing working contacts with the WTO
secretariat and member countries to promote the position of
According to the decree, from July 1, the development of draft
legal acts that do not comply with the rules and norms of the WTO
will be prohibited in Uzbekistan.
A group will be set up within the Ministry of Justice to
harmonize national legislation with the WTO agreements.
Moreover, a department for work with the WTO and trade
negotiations will be formed in the structure of the Ministry of
Investments, Industry and Trade.
New posts will be introduced, including the post of First
Secretary for WTO Affairs at the UN Office at Geneva and other
permanent missions of Uzbekistan to international organizations.
All of these new positions will be created by optimizing existing
In 2023, 30 billion soum ($2.6 million) will be allocated for
the implementation of activities related to Uzbekistan's accession
to the WTO, including 10 billion soum ($880,000) from the reserve
fund of the Cabinet of Ministers and 20 billion soum ($1.8 million)
from the funds of the Export Support Agency.
Additionally, the updated composition of the interdepartmental
commission and the working group for negotiations with the WTO was
Uzbekistan launched an initiative to join the WTO in 1994 but
suspended the process in 2005. In 2020, work on joining the
organization was resumed at the first meeting. In mid-March of this
year, the sixth meeting of the working group on Uzbekistan's
accession to the WTO took place in Geneva.
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