Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Call with Kazakhstan Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov

July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today spoke with Kazakhstan Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov. Ambassador Tai thanked Minister Sultanov for Kazakhstan’s constructive participation in the U.S.-Central Asia TIFA Council in March and stated her support for using these multilateral forums to strengthen regional trade relationships. Ambassador Tai also reiterated her focus on using trade to address climate change, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, build resilient supply chains, and identify opportunities and challenges related to the digital economy.
With Ambassador Tai and Minister Sultanov delivering remarks earlier today at the World Trade Organization’s Trade Negotiations Committee, both agreed that the WTO can be a force for good in the international trade system.
The two pledged to continue discussing issues of shared importance in order to further strengthen the U.S.-Kazakhstan economic and trade partnership, and Ambassador Tai expressed her hope that their next meeting could be in-person.