General Council approved Kazakhstan's membership terms to join WTO as 162nd member

Jul 29, 2015 10:13 IST

General Council of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 27 July 2015 approved the membership terms of Kazakhstan, thus enabling it to join the world trade body as 162nd member.

In order to formally become the member of WTO, Kazakhstan Parliament now has to ratify the deal by 31 October 2015. It will become a member 30 days after it notifies the ratification.

The Protocol on the Accession of Kazakhstan was signed between WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and President Nazarbayev Nursultan following the General Council’s approval of the country’s WTO terms of entry.

The negotiations on Kazakhstan’s membership were finalised by the Working Party on 10 June 2015 and was adopted by the 52 Working Party members by consensus on 22 June 2015.

Earlier on 26 April 2015, Seychelles joined WTO as the 161st member state.

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