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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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WTO members introduced fewer trade-restrictive measures from mid-October 2016 to mid-October 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the Director-General’s annual overview report on trade-related developments presented to members on 4 December. The report points out the need for WTO members to show leadership in reiterating their commitment to open and mutually beneficial trade as a key driver of economic growth and a major engine for prosperity and to continue to work together to achieve a successful WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires later this month.
The WTO General Council approved landmark reforms to the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM) on 26 July to improve the process of reviewing members’ trade policies and practices and the monitoring of the global trading environment. This consensus decision to amend the TPRM for the first time since its establishment in 1989 demonstrates members’ continued success in enhancing the workings of the WTO. Adjustment to the cycles of WTO members’ Trade Policy Reviews (TPRs) is one of the important reforms that will ensure the continued effectiveness of TPRs amid the rising number of WTO members, of which there are now 164. The current review cycle, which has members undergoing a TPR every two, four or six years depending on the size of their economy, will be changed to frequencies of three, five, or seven years respectively, with the largest economies reviewed most frequently. The new arrangement will be phased in, starting from 2019.
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