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    WTO membership will help Liberia and Afghanistan attain good governance and build stronger and more transparent institutions, WTO Director of the Accessions Division Chiedu Osakwe told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    NAIROBI (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko — On Wednesday, WTO is expected to welcome two new members from its list of least developed countries (LDCs) — Liberia and Afghanistan.

    "What WTO does… it helps to build institutions that are strong and that help to deal with problems and challenges countries have domestically. So our membership is about good governance and transparency," Osakwe said on the sidelines of the WTO's four-day 10th Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Kenya.

    Osakwe added that the two countries were also expected to join the trade organization’s agreement on government procurement, aimed at regulating acquisition of goods and services based on the principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination.

    The decisions on the two countries' accession were made by WTO members in October and November correspondingly. Liberia and Afghanistan will bring the total number of LDCs who joined the WTO since 1995 to nine.


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