The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
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Afghanistan wants its WTO membership regained

For the last nearly three years of the Islamic Emirate’s resumption of power, Afghanistan’s World Trade Organization (WTO) membership had been postponed. The country has not now representative in the organization for a long period despite the Islamic Emirate’s struggle to restore the right. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an international organization that regulates global trade rules and settles disputes between members. The main objective of the organization is to facilitate the export and import of goods and services between the member countries by removing the barriers of customs tariffs. This is a fact that political issues have unfairly been the reason behind the postponement of the country’s membership in the WTO, as the country’s leadership has frequently demanded that trade should not be tied with politics. Recently, the country’s acting Minister of Industry and Commerce Nooruddin Azizi in a meeting with Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), demanded the revocation of the suspension of Afghanistan’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Both sides, according to reports, talked about supporting small and medium enterprises, increasing exports and providing facilities for women entrepreneurs in the country. As trade is a humanitarian matter, so, it should not be given a link to political issues as the Islamic Emirate has increased its efforts to expand economic and trade relations with many world countries, mainly, Afghanistan’s neighbors. So, the country wants to regain its membership and it is a need and our right which has been secured in December 2015. Also, regaining membership in the WTO is effective and helps expand Afghanistan’s trade with various Asian and European countries as well as the United States and it will also increase work opportunities for thousands of unemployed individuals. So, the head of the UNAMA, by considering the realities of Afghanistan, under the Islamic Emirate leadership, should convey this message to UN leadership that the country has the right to demand the revocation of its membership suspension in the WTO to resume and expand its trade normally.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.