The project ‘Facilitating the process of Uzbekistan’s Accession to the WTO’ is a five-year initiative funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC). The project, which started in February 2020, aims to support Uzbekistan's development plans to modernize its economy by leveraging its WTO accession process.
Contribute to the economic development of Uzbekistan by assisting the country to create a trade environment that is in conformity with international standards, including predictable and enforceable laws and regulations.
Contribute to Uzbekistan's economic development through the creation of a trade environment that is in conformity with the WTO rules.
If the Uzbekistan’s WTO accession process concludes within the implementation phase of the project, the focus of ITC’s assistance will shift to support Uzbekistan’s compliance with WTO requirements and implementation of the commitments made during the accession process.
Who is funding the project?
More information on EU’s work in Uzbekistan can be found here
What are the foreseen results?
The Uzbek government will be better equipped to draft the documents and develop its negotiating positions as required by the WTO accession process
The executive and legislative branches will be better informed to develop specific sectoral laws and regulations as needed to comply with Uzbekistan’s new international commitments
The policymakers' understanding of the WTO accession process and its legal framework will be reinforced
Uzbekistan will have an increased capacity to comply with WTO Rules, in particular with regards to the SPS/TBT & Trade Facilitation Agreements of the WTO
ITC’s work will increase the business sector’s - including women's associations- awareness of the WTO accession process and benefits
Within ITC’s exclusive mandate to foster the private sectors’ participation, in particular SMEs, for trade-led economic growth, ITC aims at supporting developing countries’ private sector participation in the WTO accession process. The assistance provided is customized according to each country’s stage of accession and specific economic situation as well as development strategies.
ITC’s provides support to WTO acceding developing countries with a twofold objective:
Build a national consensus and international momentum around their accession process
Accede to the WTO with balanced accession strategies and accompanying policy and regulatory reforms that are paramount to enhance the business integration into the global economy.