Belarus resumes WTO membership negotiations

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) welcomed the resumption of WTO membership negotiations for Belarus when the Working Party on the country’s accession met on 24 January 2017, 12 years after its last formal meeting.

“Over the last 18 months, there have been clear signals that Belarus now sees WTO accession as one of the priorities for the Government. This renewed high-level political engagement from Minsk has injected new impetus in the process and is very much supported by the WTO members,” said the Chairman of the Working Party, Ambassador Kemal Madenoglu (Turkey).

At the meeting of the Working Party on January 24 (the first formal meeting since May 2005), H.E. Mr Andrei Yeudachenka, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, emphasized that moving forward with WTO accession was a priority for the country and in line with the decisions of the President and the Government taken in 2016.

Mr. Yeudachenka said: “We view WTO membership as a tool for the integration of Belarus into the global economy and for strengthening the competitiveness of our national economy, as well as an important element of an attractive investment climate.” He added that 2017 was a crucial year in terms of the accession process and that Belarus counted on the support of WTO members.

Source: WTO

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