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The National Information Centre for Technical Barriers to Trade, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (NIC for TBT and SPS) was established by the order of the Chairman of Gosstandart of the Republic of Belarus of June 15, 2001 No. 148, pursuant to the Protocol of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of May 8, 2001 No.11 clause 2.11 “On joining of the Republic of Belarus to the World Trade Organization”

NIC for TBT and SPS today represents our country in one of the most influential international organizations - the World Trade Organization (WTO), and it acts in the Republic of Belarus as the National Notification Authority and National Inquiry Point.

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NIC for TBT and SPS realizes functions of the National Notification Authority and the National Enquiry Point for support intercommunications of the WTO members with the public authorities of the Republic of Belarus providing information covered by the sphere of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) and the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement)

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Many members want to set a path forward for discussions on e-commerce, with a view to ensuring that e-commerce supports growth and development in the years to come. Speaking at the first Ministerial Meeting of the "Friends of E-Commerce for Development", Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that "engagement is high," but if members want to make progress, they will have to turn that engagement into "real proposals".
WTO members hailed the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) as a historic achievement at a meeting of the General Council on 27 February. In welcoming this milestone, members pledged to advance work on implementing the TFA so that the full benefits of the Agreement can be reaped.
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