Representatives of the National Centre for Marketing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus took part in an international seminar on government procurement in Chisinau

The Regional seminar on government procurement for Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus «Government procurement and international trade: impact on inclusive economic growth, regional development and political influence for transitional economies and developing countries» was held on October 23-25 in Chisinau (Moldova).

The seminar was organized by the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The seminar was attended by representatives of the National Centre for Marketing. Specialists from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkey and Ukraine also attended the event.

During the seminar the participants reviewed the activities of the WTO and the EBRD related to government procurement as well as the international experience of countries in the implementation of the government procurement process, discussed the advantages and problems of accession to Agreement on Government Procurement and its implementation.

Background information: 

On June 2018 Belarus was accorded observer status in the WTO Committee on Government Procurement. The Republic of Belarus became the first country that obtained such status prior to joining the WTO and received the right to participate in discussions at the Committee’s site. The WTO Agreement on Government Procurement regulates the procurement of goods and services for state needs. The parties to the Agreement are 47 member countries of the WTO. Of the EEU member countries, only Armenia is a party to the Agreement.