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Report on Trade Policy Influence on Human Development Presented to the Audience

The Report “Belarus: The Human Development Implications of Trade Policy” prepared by the UNDP Regional Project “Wider Europe: Aid for Trade for Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS” with financial support from the Foreign Ministry of Finland has been presented today in Minsk.

The report provides a macroeconomic overview of foreign trade and human development linkages and offers criteria for identifying “sensitive spots” of the national economy which are important in terms of both trade policies and human development. The publication summarizes the key findings and possible practical steps which are needed for encouraging foreign trade in individual sectors expected to influence human development.

– A better integration into international trade plays an important role in global efforts to reduce poverty; increasing exports provide new opportunities for enterprises to expand their production and to create more and better jobs, – said Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus in his speech. – However, the link between poverty reduction and trade is by no means automatic. Therefore, it is necessary to perceive trade through a human development lens in order to ensure that it fully benefits the poor and vulnerable.

To assist in preparation of the Report, a working group has been established comprising representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Ministry of Economy, the Belarusian Light Industry Concern, the Belarusian State Concern of Food Industry, the State Customs Committee, the National Statistics Committee, the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Marketing and Pricing Center.

The presentation in Minsk was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Mr. Alexander Gurianov, Deputy Director of the Research Center of the Institute of Privatization and Management Ms. Irina Tochitskaya (her presentation in Russian is available here), representatives of state concerns and committees, media and universities.

The Report “Belarus: The Human Development Implications of Trade Policy” in English can be downloaded here.

For further information, please refer to Ms. Liudmila Istomina, UNDP Programme Analyst, via tel. (017) 227-48-76, or Mr. Vladislav Khilkevich, UNDP Communications Associate, tel. (017) 227-38-17.

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