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E-commerce in Belarus on the rise


According to BelTA online trade in Belarus is developing fast, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Trade Minister Irina Narkevich.

In her words, at present online trade accounts for only 1.3% of the trade turnover, however, the share is expected to increase taking into account the rapid development pace. I see good prospects for online trade. Online shopping should be encouraged because people need it, said Irina Narkevich.

At the same time the official pointed out the need to bolster the protection of consumer rights in online trade. Online shopping rules out contacts. Therefore, the Trade Ministry as the body in charge of regulating and protecting consumer rights tries to do its best to use the legislation to safeguard shoppers. Provisions have been made for card terminals, portable cash registers, identification signs, and the registration of sellers in the trade registry, said Irina Narkevich. She went on saying that the work to beef up the protection against unscrupulous traders never stops.

An onsite seminar was held in Vitebsk on 14 March to discuss prospects of the development of consumer services with Vitebsk Oblast enterprises used as an example for analysis. Participants of the seminar were supposed to visit the enterprises that provide consumer services in order to learn the best practices.

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