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NUR-SULTAN, June 25, 2019 – Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a briefing on preparations for the 12th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC-12), to be held in Nur-Sultan on June 8-11, 2020.
The speakers at the briefing included the Kazakh Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva, Zhanar Aitzhanova, the Director of the Foreign Economic Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olzhas Issabekov, and Deputy Director-General of the WTO, Karl Brauner. The briefing was also attended by representatives of Kazakh state agencies and heads of more than 60 foreign diplomatic missions in Kazakhstan.
The briefing was opened by Mr. Issabekov, who thanked the foreign guests for supporting Kazakhstan's bid to host the next meeting of the highest governing body of the WTO in Nur-Sultan. He noted that the Ministerial Conference would be held, for the first time, in a country that joined the WTO after its foundation in 1995 and, for the first time, in Central Asia.
Mr. Brauner touched upon the main tasks facing the conference, spoke about the main issues on the agenda, and stressed the special role of Kazakhstan as the Chair of the WTO Conference.
In her speech, Ms. Aitzhanova emphasised that hosting such an important forum is a significant event for Kazakhstan: “our country is ready to make a constructive contribution to the discussion of the WTO agenda in order to ensure substantive results following the Ministerial Conference.” She spoke about the establishment of a committee for preparation of the Twelfth Ministerial Conference chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and Minister of Finance Alikhan Smailov, and the inter-agency plan for its preparation.
During the briefing, the participants exchanged views on relevant issues regarding international trade, stressing the need to strengthen the multilateral system and the WTO's role within this.
It is expected that the trade ministers of 164 member states and 20 observer states of the WTO will attend MC-12, and the total number of participants in the event will exceed 4,000.