Kazakhstan granted observer status of WTO Agreement on Government Procurement
Kazakhstans official request for observer status was unanimously approved on October 19, 2016, at a regular session of the WTO Committee on Government Procurement in Geneva, Switzerland. The request was presented by Vice Minister of Finance Ruslan Beketayev.
Kazakhstani delegation also included Director of Public Procurement Legislation Department of the Ministry of Finance Sabit Akhmetov and Ministry of National Economy representatives.
Gaining an observer status of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement is one of the terms of Kazakhstans accession to WTO, Press Service of the Ministry of Finance quotes. It indicates compliance of public procurement system of Kazakhstan with the advanced international standards.
Within the visit to Geneva, there also were held negotiations with WTO Deputy Director-General Mr. Yi Xiaozhun and WTO Secretariat on Government Procurement � Chairman of WTO Committee Mr. John Newham and Deputy Chairman Mr. Robert Anderson. Parties agreed to hold a national workshop in Astana, November 7-8, 2016, where WTO experts will explain WTO requirements to state bodies and business community representatives.
Kazakhstani delegation also participated in a working meeting with EBRD representatives, where the sides agreed to make an assessment of the public procurement system of Kazakhstan by EBRD experts with the aim of its further advancement.
During the Committee session, representatives of the USA, EU, China, and Tajikistan made congratulatory speeches on Kazakhstans obtaining the observer status.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan