Kosovo can become a member of the World Trade Organization, but the membership depends on fulfilling the criteria compatible to EU standards. Ministry of Trade and Industry is already preparing the required material for applying for membership.
Vjollca Dibra, media adviser to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), said that WTO membership is a long process and requires the fulfillment of many standards, some of which will be fulfilled during preparations for EU accession process. However, she did not disclose the details of the standards that must be met.
"The Ministry of Trade and Industry is preparing the documents for applying to the World Trade Organization. Becoming a member of the WTO is a long process and requires the fulfillment of certain standards. Some of these standards must be met in the process of preparing for EU accession," said Dibra.
Economy expert, Ibrahim Rexhepi, said that except the fact that Kosovo would become a member of a global trade network, or country would be required to respect the criteria and requirements in developing trade relations in the global arena.