Video On Demand

Kazakhstan's Accession to the WTO

July 27, 2015 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT


Ambassador William H. Courtney
President, U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association; Former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan

Cecilia Leahy Klein
Senior Director for WTO Accessions, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Aitolkyn Kourmanova
Visiting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS

Michael Lally
Executive Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Global Markets, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Kazakhstan last month successfully concluded its negotiations for accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The timing for this success is especially important for Kazakhstan to signal its desire to engage the global trading system as it continues to pursue its economic interests in the recently formed Eurasian Economic Union, the largest member of which is Russia. Please join us for a discussion on how Kazakhstan achieved this success, what it means for the Kazakhstan's political economy, foreign trade and investment, and its impact on U.S. commercial interests.

Jeffrey Mankoff
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program