Belarus has strong business ties with more than 150 countries and has been making concerted efforts to further improve trading agreements around the world.
Belarus is a founding member of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) programme established in 2009. The EaP is an institutionalised forum for discussing visa agreements, free trade deals and strategic partnership agreements with the EU's eastern neighbours.
Belarus is at the final stage of accession negotiations and is actively adopting legislative positions to comply with the WTO’s requirements, with particular reference to tariffs. It is already fully compliant with many aspects, including the protection of intellectual property rights. In mid 2009 the Belarusian authorities announced they would enter a joint bid for membership with Russia and Kazakhstan.