The 8th International Economic Forum and exhibition-fair "Orsha Traditions"

Date: 24-27 April 2019

Orsha hosted the 8th International Economic Forum and the Republican Universal Exhibition-Fair "Orsha Traditions". The events were organized by the Vitebsk Branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Orsha District Executive Committee.

The Forum first day's topic was international cooperation and interaction of partner cities. The plenary session of the forum was attended by the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Budget and Finance of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Lyudmila Dobrynina, the BelCCI Deputy Chairman Sergei Nabeshko, the First Deputy Chairman of the Orsha District Executive Committee Sergei Pats, the Belarusian businessmen, representatives of the chambers of commerce and industry, business associations of Bryansk, Smolensk, Pskov, St Petersburg, Vyazma, Kherson.

The meeting guests and participants discussed cooperation prospects, the investment and innovation potential of the regions. The programme practical part included a visit to Bremino-Orsha multimodal logistic complex, which provided the forum participants with the opportunity to explore the transport and logistics infrastructure, to negotiate trans-border cooperation.

Panel discussions were arranged within the forum. The participants addressed the issues related to special conditions of doing business within the Presidential Decree on Orsha district development. The speakers were the department heads of the Vitebsk Branch of the BelCCI, the Orsha District Executive Committee, the Inspection of the Ministry of Taxes and Duties and the Social Protection Fund of the Orsha district. The offers and peculiarities of the free economic zones of Belarus, Russia and Latvia were presented by the FEZ representatives at the panel session "Free Economic Zone: Business Climate and the Conditions Offered, Competitive Advantages Analysis". The Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Vitebsk Branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Liepaja Special Economic Zone.

Speaking at the panel session "Starting Business in Orsha District. The Start-Up Activity Planning" were the heads of the Small Business Incubator and the Vitebsk Regional School of Business.

The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a training workshop "Logistics Stages of an Export Project. Legal and Customs Support". The topics covered at the workshop were legal regulation of transport and forwarding activities, documental support of international transportation, cargo packaging and marking, customs support and customs clearance.

The exhibition-fair "Orsha Traditions" presented products and services of more than 70 enterprises and organizations from all regions of Belarus.