MINSK, 20 June (BelTA) - A Belarusian delegation attended a session of the high-level segment: How to increase the participation of transition economies in international trade? The event organized by the Committee on Trade of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) took place in Geneva on 18-19 June, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.
The Belarusian delegation included representatives of the Foreign Ministry, State Committee for Standardization, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva. The session was chaired by the head of the information department of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh.
Participants explored the ways of increasing the participation of countries with economies in transition in international trade. In particular, they discussed how the UNECE could provide those countries with additional opportunities to create the necessary institutional structure and conditions for development based on trade.
At the session Belarus’ delegation provided a vision of possible follow-up action in relation to the findings and recommendations regarding Belarus’ trade needs assessment done by the UNECE. Suggestions were made to clarify the future priorities of the Committee on Trade in the areas such as the harmonization of trade rules and standards, introduction of the “one-stop-shop” principle, e-business, the role of the Committee on Trade within the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 and its results.
Belarus’ trade needs assessment was done under the auspices of the Committee on Trade in 2011-2012. Findings and recommendations were compiled to maximize the benefits that Belarus can derive from participation in international trade.