Iraq completes the completion of the files for the initial offer of goods and services to join the WTO

The Ministry of Trade announced the completion of the files for initial offers for goods and services and their official submission to the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization through official channels.

Minister of Trade Atheer Al-Ghurairi, Chairman of the National Committee concerned with Iraq’s accession to the World Trade Organization, said: ‘This important step comes in the context of the Iraqi government’s efforts and its program aimed at promoting international trade and achieving sustainable development, which reflects its commitment to ensuring global economic integration and expanding economic partnerships.’


He added: ‘The National Committee, the technical committees emanating from it, and the accession team in the Ministry were able, within a short period of time, to complete these files and submit them to the organization in preparation for holding the third meeting of the working group on Iraq during the current year, 16 years after the date of the second meeting of the group in 2008.’

He pointed out that the World Trade Organization (WTO) and international circles welcomed Iraq’s return to the negotiating table.

Al-Ghurairi stressed: ‘The two files for the initial offer of goods and services, which were submitted, included a wide range of products and services that reflect the diversity and competitiveness of the Iraqi economy and their negotiation,’ noting: ‘Work is underway to prepare the Iraqi negotiating team and build the team’s negotiating capabilities for the purpose of initiating negotiating rounds with member states of the organization in order for Iraq to obtain membership in the organization.

He explained, “The Department of Foreign Economic Relations, through official channels of dealing with the organization, is working on completing all requirements for accession in order for Iraq to obtain membership in the organization and enhance Iraq’s integration into the multilateral trading system.”


It is worth noting that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued the annual
report on the accession of observer countries, and praised the efforts led by the Ministry of Trade through its chairmanship of the National Committee, and that Iraq is the only Arab country whose accession process has become active and has passed advanced stages among the Arab countries that hold observer member status./End

Source: National Iraqi News Agency