Accession to the WTO has the potential to impact greatly on the economies of CIS countries.
In this regard, critical challenges and opportunities face the 12 CIS countries, half of which acceded to the WTO relatively recently with the other half in the process of negotiating accession (only Turkmenistan has not applied). It is against this background that UNDP organized this workshop with the participation of UNCTAD.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
Provide a forum for trade policy decision makers and negotiators from the region to exchange views on lessons learned from the WTO accession process
Discuss the challenges and opportunities of WTO accession and appropriate policy responses
Explore the potential for coordination at the regional level
Review technical assistance and support that can be provided by the UN agencies
In this context, UNCTAD´s interventions focused on the technical assistance it has brought to most CIS states for several years. On the basis of its longstanding assistance in the field of WTO accession-related technical assistance, UNCTAD experts also highlighted the major challenges of WTO accession for economies in transition and developing countries, and the main guidelines that could be identified.
Further activities for CIS states in the process of accession will be undertaken in the framework of the UNCTAD Trust Fund on Accession.