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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

CACI FORUM: The WTO and the Central Asian States

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CACI Forum

"The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute"

The WTO and the Central Asian States

Long on the outer margins of Central Asians' policy interests, the World Trade Organization has recently become a lively topic there. Kyrgyzstan joined in December, 1998, while Tajikistan's membership will be finalized in just a few weeks, in early March. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan is deep into the accession process and both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are in contact with WTO regarding their desire to move forward on the steps needed for joining. This Forum reviews the fate of WTO in Central Asia and considers the meaning of present trends for the region's future commercial activities and orientation.The Forum is preceded by a reception and refreshments at 5 p.m.  The program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:00 p.m.


H.E.  Kairat Umarov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the US

H.E. Muktar Djumaliev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the US

H.E. Nuriddin Shamsov, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the US

H.E. llhom Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Mara Burr, Deputy Assistant USTR for South and Central Asia, Office of U.S. Trade Representative at Executive Office of the President

Laurie Curry, Director for Central Asia, Office of U.S. Trade Representative at Executive Office of the President


S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute.

Wednesday, February 13, 5-7 p.m. Rome Auditorium, Rome Building SAIS, Johns Hopkins University 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20036


The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at

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