Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Zhang Xiangchen, who arrived in Ashgabat on Monday.
The sides stated at the meeting that relations between Turkmenistan and the WTO have noticeably intensified in recent years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan said in its press release.
In the post-pandemic situation, Turkmenistan has set a task of intensive integration into the system of international trade and economic relations, according to the statement.
Meredov informed the Zhang Xiangchen about the activities in the country to prepare for entry into the WTO, including the improvement of the national legislative framework, foreign trade procedures and regulations, as well as awareness-raising among the population and the businesses through the media.
Turkmenistan’s official application to join the WTO was formally received on November 24, 2021. In February 2022, Turkmenistan was granted the status of an acceding country (active observer) to the WTO.