The Round Table became a consequence and logical completion of numerous previous conferences, seminars and workshops, conducted by the CDFB project in close cooperation with its partners during 2013-2015. Being organised upon the request and convened under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of Belarus, this event directly addressed the task assigned to the ministry by an instruction of one of the Deputy Prime Ministers of Belarus. The Minister of Economy was instructed to re-analyse - within the authority of the Council of Ministers - the legal and regulatory basis of ITA, recently applied in Belarus and to prepare proposals for a possible maximal de-bureaucratisation of the related legal background and regulations before 1 April 2015.
In this context the event had the following purposes:
- To review critically the existing legal and regulatory norms and procedures used for ITA coordination and implementation in Belarus;
- To discuss and formulate preliminarily a set of presumable actions and solutions allowing to introduce de-bureaucratisation and simplify the system of ITA management.
The event hosted 33 participants from the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, Ministry of Tax and Revenues, Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Emergency, the State Custom Committee, State Border Committee, NCU, CDFB project as well as a number of civil society organisations.
Unlike many previous events conducted by CDFB as mainly training-, information and experience exchanging measures, this event was primarily conceived as discussion panel and ‘brain storming’ opportunity focusing on in-depth analysis of the existing ITA management and offering progressive and still realistic proposals for improvements and simplifications in the legal and managerial mechanisms. Moreover, since similar topics have been on the agenda for ages with relatively few real changes only, many of the participants have shown deliberate signs of intention to look for real solutions for improving the situation.