Mike Moore's speeches
Renato Ruggiero's speeches,
Members concluded their negotiations on the Kyrgyz Republic's goods and services trade and
adopted the draft protocol of accession and the Working Party's draft report in July 1998.
The documents constitute the set of WTO obligations, tariff concessions on goods and
specific commitments on services made by the Kyrgyz Republic during almost two and a half
years of negotiations with other WTO Members.
Mr. Esengul Omuraliev,
Head of the Kyrgyz's Republic's Inter-Ministerial Commission on WTO, signed the protocol
of accession following the adoption of the protocol by the General Council. The Kyrgyz
Republic will become a member of the WTO 30 days after it notifies the WTO Secretariat
that its national ratification proceedings have been completed.
Republic first applied for WTO membership in February 1996. A working party was
established in April 1996 and a first meeting was held in March 1997. Of the new republics
created after the dissolution of the former Soviet Union in 1991 and which are currently
seeking WTO membership, the Kyrgyz Republic is the first to have completed its
Birkavs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, signed the protocol of accession of Latvia
following the adoption of the protocol by the General Council.
party on Latvia's accession to the GATT was established in 1993 and was converted to a WTO
working party in 1995. The Working Party met for the first time in March 1995. In
September 1998, it adopted by consensus the draft report, protocol of accession and the
schedules of concessions on goods and services. Latvia has agreed to bring its economic
and trade regime into conformity with WTO rules and obligations in all areas.
30 governments have requested to join the WTO. Their applications are currently being
considered by accession working parties: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Jordan,
Kazakhstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lithuania, Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia, Moldova, Nepal, Oman, Sultanate of, Russian Federation, Samoa, Saudi Arabia,
Seychelles, Sudan, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam.