Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks

Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks

The President of Belarus proposes to raise the bar of trade and economic cooperation with Poland. Alexander Lukashenko said this on October 24 meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Finance and Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.

In January-August 2016, the trade turnover between the countries has increased as compared to the same period of 2015.

There are 17 representative offices of large Belarusian enterprises in Poland. They range from engineering to the potash industry. More than 350 companies with Polish capital are registered in Belarus.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
In economy, we have not lost contacts as we did in politics. Nevertheless, it is necessary to raise the bar very high. Of course, the foundation of these relations can be only economy. There are no other options, since the economy is of our mutual interest. It is here where the power of states and the well-being of the peoples of the states is focused. We are interested in the establishment of joint ventures. If you have such a desire we will provide every support for the creation here of Polish enterprises or Belarusian-Polish joint ventures. I think Poland would be interested in the same thing.

Mateusz Morawiecki, deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Development and Finance of the Republic of Poland:
Trade and economic cooperation is a good basis for the development of cooperation in other areas. Poland is a border country in the EU to enter eastern markets while Belarus is a border country for the members of the Eurasian Economic Union wishing to enter western markets. We could use this nuance mutually, including when it comes to the "Silk Way" initiative. Before the meeting with you today, we talked about Belarusian tractors and Belarusian cement supplies to Poland. We definitely want cooperation to give the benefit to both sides.

The Belarus government also held negotiations with the Polish delegation. Here the sides discussed the possible assistance of the official Warsaw in the promotion of Belarus' accession to the WTO.

Poland closely cooperates with Brussels and has a certain influence there. Belarus is ready to hold full-scale negotiations with the European Union before the end of the year on terms of accession to the World Trade Organization.