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Technical assistance in joining the WTO

Belarus receives technical assistance in joining the WTO from various sources, the main of which are:

International Technical Assistance Project;
WTO Secretariat workshops;
EU technical assistance.

International Technical Assistance Project “Assisting the Government of the Republic of Belarus in Accession to the WTO through Strengthening Institutional Capacity and Expertise”

In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding and the Priority Areas of Cooperation in the Field of International Trade, Investment and Development, signed on July 16, 2007 by the Prime Minister of Belarus, the Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UNDP Country Office in Belarus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UNDP Office have developed the technical assistance project “Assisting the Government of the Republic of Belarus in Accession to the WTO through Strengthening Institutional Capacity and Expertise”, which was approved by Resolution of the Council of Ministers № 1863 of December 29, 2007. 

The objective of the project is to assist the Government of the Republic of Belarus in accession to the WTO by strengthening the expertise of the national institutions, as well as increasing public awareness of the WTO accession process. 

The project has been implemented since 2008 and in 2018 entered its fifth phase. Technical assistance in the framework of this phase includes the following components: 

♦ operational support of the negotiation process on Belarus’ accession to the WTO; 

♦ finalization of national capacity building for preparation of the country for subsequent membership in the WTO; 

♦ raising awareness of business community about the rules of work in the context of Belarus’ membership in the WTO. 

The project is at the final stage of implementation. The project completion date is June 30, 2022.

WTO Secretariat Workshops

For WTO Members and acceding States, the WTO Secretariat regularly organizes seminars on various aspects of international trade rules. Belarusian representatives were trained on topics such as regulation in the field of sanitary and phytosanitary measures, trade related intellectual property rights, technical barriers to trade and others.

EU technical assistance

As part of this tool in February 2017 a seminar on the topic “Experience of EU Member States in Accession to the WTO” was held in Minsk. The event was attended by about 100 representatives of the national authorities of Belarus and academic circles involved in the negotiation process of Belarus. The speakers at the seminar were international experts from the EU (Lithuania, Croatia, Bulgaria).

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