Regional Conference: The Impact of the Russian WTO accession on Central Asia

Regional Conference: The Impact of the Russian WTO accession on Central Asia
14 – 15 November 2012, OSCE Academy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


The conference brought together practitioners and academics from Central Asian countries to discuss the implications of Russia having become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the repercussions this might have on regional integration in Central Asia. The seminar also helped clarify issues linked with the WTO accession of the members of the Customs Union of Russia, Belorus and Kazakhstan, as well as of those outside of it – issues like economic and administrative requirements as well as the expected impact of accession from an economic perspective.

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Programme of the Conference 14-15 Nov 2012

Rajesh Aggarwal: 2012-11 Bishkek ITC Keynote speech

Jonathon Hornbrook: The importance of non-tariff barriers to trade in Central Asia

Samer Seif El Yazal: Accessions to the WTO

Roman Mogilevskii: Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia

Nuritdin Jamankulov: Technical barriers

Zhang Xiangchen: China and WTO

Sabirzhan Zhangozin: Problems of customs management

Vladimir Sherov: WTO and CU

Jypara Aibasheva: Influence of Russia's Joining WTO

Elke Kasmann: PSIA approach to CU

Dandii Adyasuren: Mongolia and the World Trade Organization

Bulat Khusainov: Efficiency of trade integration in the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community

Josip Pervan: Bilateral negotiations in the WTO accession process

Summary Conference documentation

Summary Hornbrook Speech

Summary Panel discussion_14Nov

Summary Panel discussion_15Nov

Summary Parallel working groups Day

Summary Parallel working groups Day 2

Summary Sherov