The Government of Switzerland through its State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) will continue to provide assistance to Tajikistan in the implementation of WTO provisions (services, TBT and SPS) and other issues regarding the post accession process.
The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is providing technical assistance from the very beginning of Tajikistan’s application procedure in 2001. For many years, SECO was the only donor active in this field in the country and it has invested around 3 million Swiss francs in its support of Tajikistan’s WTO accession.
Mr. Sharif Rahimzoda, Tajik Minister of Economic Development and Trade, the key agency involved in the WTO negotiation process, says: “The key foreign partner in this process was the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Since our first steps towards WTO membership, SECO has supported the capacity building of our agencies involved in WTO negotiations, and helped involve some of the best international experts, among them many former negotiators from countries already acceded to WTO, whose experience and knowledge has been vital in our negotiation process and the conforming of our legislation to WTO requirements. I would like to take the opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to SECO and to the experts from the various organizations financed by SECO that have provided to us with technical assistance, such as UNITAR, The IDEAS center in Geneva and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The assistance we have received has strengthened our negotiation capacities and helped us to bring our trade regime into conformity with WTO rules”.
Mr. Hans-Peter Egler, Head Trade Promotion, Division of Cooperation and Development at SECO says that SECO will continue to provide assistance to Tajikistan in the implementation of WTO provisions (services, TBT and SPS) and other issues regarding the post accession process.He says: “SECO is currently funding the Trade Cooperation Programme (TCP) in Tajikistan. The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the implementation of complex domestic reforms that will allow Tajikistan to fully apply the WTO provisions accepted during its negotiation process”.
In the framework of this programme SECO supports two projects run by the International Trade Centre (ITC) aimed at assisting Tajikistan in WTO accession. These projects focused on sectors of agro industrial products, textiles, financial, telecommunications, transport, and energy services and are implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, selected business associations and service providers.
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is the Swiss competence centre for all core issues relating to economic policy. SECO implements economic development cooperation with developing and transition countries with the aim to support the sustainable integration of these countries into the world economy and to promote their economy in order to help reduce poverty. SECO is part of the Swiss Federal Department. Further information can be found at: www.seco.admin.ch. or http://www.seco-cooperation.admin.ch.
The Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN). ITC’s goal is to help developing and transition countries achieve sustainable human development through exports. Information on ITC’s core areas of expertise and its approach to trade-related technical cooperation is available on ITC’s website: www.intracen.org.