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02 October 2019, 19:26

Belarus, Latvia to cooperate in competition policy, protection of consumer rights

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MINSK, 2 October (BelTA) – Belarus and Latvia will cooperate in the area of competition policy and the protection of consumer rights. The relevant memorandum has been signed by the Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry and the Latvian Economy Ministry, BelTA has learned.

The document was signed during the 14th session of the Belarus-Latvia intergovernmental commission on economic, scientific, and technical cooperation in Minsk on 2 October. Belarusian Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko and Latvian Transport Minister Talis Linkaits took part in it.

Photo courtesy of the Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry

In particular, the memorandum provides for sharing non-confidential information in the area of protection of consumer rights, for oversight over the market and competition policy, for sharing the best practices in investigating violations of antimonopoly (competition) laws, laws on consumer rights and advertising. It also provides for arranging educational trips and additional training courses for experts, including those that deal with court cases.

During the session the sides discussed a broad range of matters of bilateral cooperation, including conditions able to spur Belarus-Latvia growth. Aleksei Avramenko said: “We have positive dynamics in trade but today we've talked about areas we can improve by better logistics, transportation, by removing some barriers, and so on. Besides, we've discussed the coupling of infrastructure at specific border checkpoints and the development of these checkpoints in anticipation of the 2021 ice hockey world championship.”

Tourism development was another matter discussed today. According to Talis Linkaits, Belarus and Latvia have a good potential in this regard. Summing up results of the meeting, the Latvian transport minister said: “We didn't have any differences of opinion. We've constructively worked on ways to advance our relations.”

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