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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 Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced that he would step down on 31 August, 2020, cutting his second term short by exactly one year.

He said that bringing forward his departure would allow members to select his successor in the coming months, without diverting political energy and attention from preparations for the Twelfth Ministerial Conference, which is set to be held in 2021. “We must give my successor sufficient time to plan, together with you, the path not only for MC12, but for how that Conference fits into your plans for the future of the Organization,” he told members. “The earlier the new DG takes office the better.”

As I see it, MC12 should be a stepping-stone to the future of the WTO. It should tie together our various ongoing efforts in a coherent approach, and lay the foundations for subsequent reform. This means that MC12 will require careful preparation and execution from you, the members.

My departure in August will give you the time you need to work with my successor — whoever she or he may be — to shape the strategic direction for MC12 and the months and years that follow.

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