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The National Centre for the World Trade Organization based on the RUE "National Centre for Marketing and Price Study" is opened

On December 9, 2021 in Minsk in partnership with the joint project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and the UN Development Program "Assisting the Government of the Republic of Belarus in Accession to the World Trade Organization through Strengthening National Institutional Capacity and Expertise" (hereinafter - Project) the National Centre for the World Trade Organization (NCTWO) was opened on the basis of the RUE "National Centre for Marketing and Price Study" of the MFA of the Republic of Belarus.

Vladimir Serpikov, Ambassador at large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, head of the negotiating delegation of the Republic of Belarus on accession to the WTO; Alexandra Solovieva, Permanent Representative of the United Nations Development Program in Belarus; Anton Kunitsky, representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Belarus, addressed the participants of the opening ceremony of the Centre.

During the initial stage of the project, the main task of the NCTWO is to advise the Belarusian business entities on a variety of issues related to the country's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). During the operation phase of the project, the NCTWO permits to:

-  assist the membership of the Republic of Belarus in the WTO;

- analyze the economic impact of Belarus' accession to the WTO;

- develop recommendations for improving the legislation of the Republic of Belarus in the field of foreign trade, considering the provisions of crucial WTO agreements;

- provide expert support in developing positions at international trade negotiations; draft international economic agreements; consider problems related to access foreign markets and resolve international trade disputes;

- provide expert support for the participation of the Republic of Belarus in the WTO working bodies. 

Currently, accession to the WTO is a priority task for the foreign trade policy of the Republic of Belarus. Membership in the WTO will allow the country to ensure stable and predictable terms of trade with the countries of the international community. Foreign investors and manufacturers will benefit from centrally accepted rules of foreign economic activity in Belarus.