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Iran: Presentation of trade regime a starting point for WTO accession

Tehran, June 6, IRNA-Presentation of a trade regime will be the starting point of talks on Iran's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Deputy Commerce Minister for International Affairs Abdolhossein Vahaji told reporters on Monday that a copy of the trade regime has to be presented to all state organs as well as Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM) so that they can put forward their views.

Vahaji said the laws have been prepared in such a way that they are transparent, clear and free from problems.

Iran's commercial regime will be finalized by the third week of June on a call by President Mohammad Khatami.

Vahaji said to check likely consequences of the accession bid, the project has tentatively been conducted in some state organs such as banks, and the financial, agriculture and transportation sectors.

The official declined to refer to exact timing of Iran's WTO accession, saying the countries involved in the negotiations will also have a role in prolonging the accession.

He said Iran can select some countries from among 148 countries for membership in the negotiation committee.

Since the acceptance of its application for WTO membership on May 26, after being opposed 21 times, Iran has been given the right to attend the organization's sessions as an observer.

Omidbakhsh: Iran's WTO accession process complicated

Iran's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a complicated, time-intensive and phased process, prompting reforms in national plans.

Head of Iran's Commercial Plenipotentiary Office in WTO Esfandiar Omidbakhsh said a distinction should be drawn between the WTO accession and politics.

"Insistance on interference of politics in talks for Iran's WTO accession is diversionary and will prevent Iran from its main goal, that is economic in nature," said Omidbakhsh at a press conference.

Omidbakhsh said the three branches of government are prepared for the WTO accession by the next five or six years.

He said highlights of the WTO accession strategy have been drawn by a steering council, comprising Commerce Minister and 12 other ministers as well as the head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines.

He added that the accession process involves reforms in the trade laws and regulations within framework of the commercial regime and in accordance with the WTO agreement.

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