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Workshop on paperless trade and development of the «single window» system is taking place in Minsk

Workshop on the implementation of the «single window» system and the national system of paperless trade in the Republic of Belarus with regards to the best international practices and standards started its work on March 19, 2019 in Minsk.

The workshop is organized by the Office of the Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities of the OSCE Secretariat in cooperation with the World Customs Organization, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and the National Centre for Marketing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

During the opening ceremony, the Economic Adviser at the OSCE Secretariat Jonas Grätz noted that the Republic of Belarus made decent progress in developing the national «single window» and paperless trading systems. «During this workshop we would like to focus on the main organizational and legal aspects of creating the «single window» system, as well as on how to make our systems interoperable both in regional and in global context», he said.

According to the Ambassador-at-large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Serpikov Belarus is actively preparing for future membership in the WTO, examines international norms in comparison to the practical approach in our country. Accordingly, the WTO agreement on trade facilitation is an important element of the negotiation process for joining this organization. «I am convinced that our seminar today will make a real practical contribution to the measures taken in our country to simplify trade procedures, increase awareness of paperless trade issues and create favorable conditions for its development», Vladimir Serpikov stated in his welcoming speech.

The First Deputy Director of the National Centre for Marketing Alexander Zapolski said that the new state information and analytical public procurement management system (GIAS), which is currently being developed by the experts of the Centre, could be viewed as a model of successful implementation of projects on the digitalization of economy. It will combine all stages from procurement planning to signing an agreement in the form of an electronic document and transferring it to the automated financial settlement system of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus. The system will also display information about the fulfillment of contracts. GIAS and other state information resources and systems will be interconnected in order to gather all necessary information for the customer to make decisions at a single access point.

The analytical module of GIAS will allow to analyze all this array of information accumulated in the system in any section, which will also be of great importance in making many decisions, including decisions at the state level.

«The global prospects for development in the field of e-commerce are the creation of a paperless trade system, the development of hardware and software for public procurements and e-government in accordance with modern international practices», Alexander Zapolski stated. «The accession of the Republic of Belarus to the WTO and the implementation of the international public procurement system GPA WTO, in turn, will serve as a driver for the expansion of the Belarusian suppliers of goods and services on the international electronic trading platforms».

The workshop is taking place from March 19 to March 21. The event is attended by representatives of government structures and business circles.