Numerous countries ready to join working group on Iran’s WTO accession

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (MNA) – Deputy industry minister has announced 40 countries’ readiness to join the working group to discuss joining of Iran to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Deputy Industry Minister Valiollah Afkhami Rad said the Iranian government is seriously pursuing the country’s membership in the WTO which involves a long, negotiated process with challenges both domestically and abroad; “Iran will soon form a working group to negotiate its way to join the World Trade Organization and a total of 40 countries have expressed willingness to join the group which marks the prerequisite for permanent membership to the WTO.”

“There exists a good consensus on Iran joining the WTO to the extent that 17 ministers of 17 countries seek to conduct meetings with Iran’s representative on the issue while Iran has aslo increasingly voiced readiness in this regard,” noted Afkhami Rad.

The official further asserted that “all aspects will be taken into mind during the process of joining the WTO and the tariffs reform in order to support the country’s industries and productions.”

“On the basis of the evaluations, Switzerland remains the best option for heading Iran’s working group in accession negotiations,” he underlined.

Valiollah Afkhami Rad, the Director of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI), went on to highlight that “structural reforms in Iran’s economy need to take place and reduction of tariff levels has been put on the agenda; “meanwhile, the country’s producers need not worry since they will be allowed to enjoy tariff walls for certain products for a specific period of time on the basis of WTO regulations.”

 

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