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NEWS / Webinar "Practical advices on doing business in the WTO’s conditions"

04.02.2013

Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the International Institute of Management for business associations of RF the CCI on January 31, 2013 held a webinar "Practical advices on doing business in the WTO's conditions".

40 specialists from traders, logistics and customs clearance units of different organizations, lawyers, civil servants, employees of universities from 30 regions of the Russian Federation participated in this webinar, conducted by leading experts of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Recall that Russia became the 156th member of the WTO on 22 August 2012 after more than 17 years of negotiations. According to World Bank estimates, the membership in the organization for the first 3 years would bring Russia around 3.3% of GDP. Of Russia's WTO accession in the country will benefit mainly foreign players (10 times more than domestic).

According to the calculations of the Institute of Economic Forecasting, RAS, Russia will annually lose $ 7.2 billion (or 1% of GDP), and $ 4 billion will be in the Russian agricultural industry.

The webinar was opened by welcome statement by the Vice President of the RF CCI Georgi Petrov. He presented an extensive program of the webinar, including such important topics: trade policy instruments, norms and rules of the WTO on trade in goods and services, customs and tariff and non-tariff instruments, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, protective measures, dumping and anti-dumping measures , special protective and compensatory measures, norms and rules of the WTO in the area of intellectual property rights, the prospects of a multilateral system of the WTO, and measures in the field of state aid (subsidies), especially the international trade in services and the mechanisms of its regulation.

Georgi Petrov stressed the importance of Russia's accession to the WTO, the need to continue to explore all the pros and cons of the process of adaptation of Russia to the WTO.

Adviser for of the sector services and investments of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Tsetsinovsky Anton told the audience about the tools of trade policy, regulations and rules of the WTO on trade in goods and services, on the peculiarities of the international trade in services and the mechanisms of its regulation.

Chief Expert of the sector of WTO of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Anastasia Astakhov introduced listeners to the measures in the field of state aid (subsidies).

Deputy Head of the non-tariff measures sector of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Andrey Shchegolev highlighted the problems related to technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Consultant of non-tariff measures sector of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Elvira Valeeva spoke on topics: dumping and anti-dumping measures, procedures, special protection and compensation measures, the practice of dispute settlement in the WTO.

Customs and tariff and non-tariff instruments became the subject of speeches made by the Head of the sector of goods of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Tatyana Tsukanova.

Head of the WTO sector of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Michael Cherekaev told webinar listeners about the norms and rules of the WTO in the area of intellectual property rights, the prospects of a multilateral system of the WTO.

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