The International Trade Centre (ITC) gathers Tajik energy sector stakeholders in Dushanbe city for a learning programme to discuss the ways of benefiting from Tajikistan’s accession to WTO, and solving the challenges from this membership.
The representatives of the related governmental agencies, business associations, international organizations, as well as energy sector experts will come together today, on 3 September 2013, to enhance their knowledge on the WTO rules and regulations applicable to the Tajik commitments on energy services, to discuss the ways of benefiting from Tajikistan’s accession to WTO, and to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the challenges stemming from this membership. “Making the most of WTO accession: Energy services commitments and liberalization” training is organized under the ITC project “Implementation of WTO provisions and business awareness of WTO Accession”, funded by the Government of Switzerland through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
Ms Ruosi Zhang, representing the WTO and ITC, will introduce the main characteristics of the energy sector, the reforms in the energy sector and trade liberalization, as well as the key principles and obligations stemming from the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services and their application to energy services. Ms Zhang will also address some issues related to energy transit with a particular focus on the WTO rules on transit.
During this workshop special attention will be given to the market access commitments taken by Tajikistan, which have an impact on the energy related services provisions. In this context, Tajikistan’s energy services commitments will be compared to the other acceded countries’ commitments.
The International Trade Centre (ITC), through its on-going technical assistance project, is committed to support Tajikistan private sector in strengthening its knowledge of the opportunities and challenges stemming from the WTO membership. To achieve this, the awareness of the private sector in the targeted sectors of agro industrial products, textiles, and financial, telecommunications, transport and energy services will be enhanced as to enable them to better understand the business implications of the WTO accession and trade policy.