On December 5, 2017, the protocol on the completion of bilateral negotiations on market access for goods and services between Belarus and Norway in the framework of Belarus’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) was signed in Geneva.
On behalf of Belarus the document was signed by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Yury Ambrazevich, on behalf of Norway – by the Permanent Representative to the WTO, Harald Neple.
Y.Ambrazevich expressed hope that the signing of the protocol would not only facilitate Belarus’ early accession to the WTO, but would also be an additional incentive for further expansion of trade and investment cooperation between Belarus and Norway.
The principal agreement on finalization of the bilateral negotiations with Norway initiated in 2005 was reached in Minsk 13-14 November 2017 during the bilateral negotiations between the delegations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway chaired by the Chief Negotiator – Trade in Services Agreement Mr. Harald Andreassen and the Belarusian delegation chaired by the Chief Negotiator – Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Serpikov.
Norway became the 14th WTO Member, with which the protocols on the completion of bilateral negotiations on Belarus’ accession to the WTO were signed. Earlier in 2017 similar documents were signed with the Republic of Korea, Japan and Ecuador.