The Working Party on Azerbaijan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) met in Geneva on 22 July and expressed hope that the accession negotiations (which began in 1997) would be completed in the near future. During the Working Party meeting, Azerbaijan’s chief negotiator discussed:
- The adoption of a national strategic roadmap to diversify Azerbaijan’s economy and tackle the challenges caused by the decline in oil and gas prices.
- Azerbaijan’s commitment to enact all possible measures and intensify the accession process.
- New legislative developments, including the adoption of an anti-dumping law, safeguards and countervailing measures (entering into force 90 days after promulgation on 15 July 2016).