The National Centre for the World Trade Organization
With the financial support of the
On December 9, 2021 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Republic of Belarus, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program, Opened The National Centre for the World Trade Organization (NCWTO) in Minsk based on the RUE "National Centre for Marketing and Price Study" of the MFA of the Republic of Belarus.
The programme is called "Assisting the Government of the Republic of Belarus in Accession to the World Trade Organization through Strengthening National Institutional Capacity and Expertise".
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, taking into account 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;
- Form national expertise based on trade policy and WTO law to reduce the dependence of the Republic of Belarus on foreign consultants and organizations in providing expert and legal support for issues related to the resolution of disputes in the WTO;
- 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.
In recent years, the Republic of Belarus has demonstrated significant progress towards accession to the WTO and has entered the final stage of the negotiation process: forming the final commitments to the WTO.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected the intensity of the negotiation process between Belarus and other countries; still, through the efforts of the national negotiation team, the process has not stopped and continues its development even with closed borders. The opening of the NCWTO was a milestone on Belarus' path to WTO membership.
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