AceWorldNews – ASTANA – May 04 – After many years of negotiating and many hurdles this year Kazakhstan hopes to gain the status of a full-fledged member state of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) already this year, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said, opening a meeting of the Asian Bank Board of Governors here on Sunday.
“Kazakhstan’s entry talks in the WTO are about to be finalised. We hope to gain the status of a full-fledged WTO member state already this year,” Nazarbayev noted.
As matters have been in a on off situation for many a year and thoughts of 2012 were still in mind, this may or may not still take place, even though the last negotiating stage has been passed.
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#AceWorldNews – NOVO-OGARYOVO – March 27- Russia has enough mechanisms to protect the market and citizens from genetically modified food, without violating its obligations to the WTO, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
“We must build our work so as it will not be contrary to our obligations within the WTO, but even with the circumstance taken into consideration, we nevertheless have lawful methods and instruments to protect the domestic market and citizens,” the president noted during the meeting with members of the council of the parliament’s upper house.
The market and citizens must be protected from poor-quality products and food, consequences of consumption of which are not fully studied yet, he notes.
“We can, must and will do it,” Putin said, noting that the issue was discussed by the Security Council recently.
“We must act carefully, not to the detriment of our obligations within the WTO, but it can be done,” the president repeated, noting scientific and laboratory research should be used.
“We will do it together with the public, specialists and deputies,” he said.
#AceWorldNews says that the US barred a group of Russian agriculture officials from entering the country for a planned negotiation over Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
The talks were to be held between Tuesday and Thursday in Washington. Russian experts from Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) were to help Russia’s partner in the Customs Union to harmonize Kazakh local regulations with those used by WTO members.
“Less than a day before the scheduled flight the US Embassy informed via email and phone the deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Nikolay Vlasov, who was to head the Russian negotiation team, that the visit of the Russian experts is unacceptable for the US,” the agriculture regulator said in a statement.
The statement branded the US move “sabotage.”
The Kazakh team had no problems going to the US, the statement said.
The visa denial comes after the US threatened Russia with economic isolation over its stance on Ukraine. Russia approved a possible deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine, if it were needed for protection of ethnic Russians living there from violence.
The self-proclaimed government in Kiev called it “a declaration of war” and announced military mobilization.
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