WASHINGTON: The Kazakhstan will join the World Trade Organization as soon as possible, with the collaboration of United States, a joint US-Kazakh statement said.
“The United States reaffirmed its support for Kazakhstan’s membership in the World Trade Organization and its intention to continue to work with Kazakhstan to complete its accession process as soon as possible,” the joint statement, released by the US State Department
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov paid an official visit to the United States on Wednesday, where he discussed increasing bilateral US-Kazakhstan cooperation with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The two countries’ leaders emphasized the importance of promoting bilateral trade and investment cooperation, according to the statement.
The United States plans to establish a business development mission to Kazakhstan in 2015 and “to work together to establish a permanent dialogue to facilitate trade and economic cooperation.”
The United States expressed its commitment to expanding opportunities for Kazakhstanis to study and train in the United States including through Fulbright and the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) programs.
Kazakhstan has been negotiating its accession to WTO since 1996.