As of 15 December 2015 Kazakhstan was announced the 162nd member of the WTO.
WTO accession requires Kazakhstan’s legislation to be brought into conformity with the provisions of international trade law, including WTO rules. To that effect, the President of Kazakhstan has already signed the relevant law to introduce amendments into a number of legislative acts.
Some of the relevant legislative changes, however, were additionally driven by Kazakhstan’s need to balance its WTO obligations with those relating to its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)1.
Below we outline some of the major conditions for Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO that triggered changes to local and EAEU legislation, and reservations that Kazakhstan has negotiated for transition period.