Belarus-Japan business forum
Date: 03 October 2018
The Belarus-Japan business forum was organized in Minsk by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (ROTOBO).
The business forum was attended by BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich, ROTOBO President Shigeru Murayama, Minister of Public Health of the Republic of Belarus Valery Malashko, Deputy Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus Dmitry Korchik, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on International Affairs Sergei Rakhmanov, Belarusian and Japanese businessmen.
Vladimir Ulakhovich noted during the forum that the potential of Belarus-Japan cooperation should be translated into large-scale investment projects in manufacturing and high technology. In his view, the most promising areas of cooperation include petrochemistry, including upgrade of Belarusian chemical industry giants with the help of Japanese partners. The parties should also consider cooperation in mechanical engineering, car parts, pharmaceutics, new technologies and new materials, as well as the enlargement of Belarusian foodstuffs supplies to Japan.
Chairman of the Japan Association for Trade with Russia and New Independent States Shigeru Murayama noted that economies of Belarus and Japan have much in common. "There are good prospects to forge new business contacts. Our goal is to get to know the country better and to tell our biggest companies about business opportunities in Belarus," he said.
ROTOBO Chairman outlined economic sectors that are of biggest interest to the Japanese business community. "Such areas are many, starting from manufacturing – mechanical engineering, production of equipment – and ending with information technologies and artificial intelligence," Shigeru Murayama said.
The plenary part of the forum was followed by business networking. The Belarusian and Japanese businessmen discussed cooperation prospects in various industries (aircraft engineering, shipbuilding, railway construction, power engineering, waste treatment and processing), financial and banking institutions, pharmaceutics, high technology, optoelectronics and laser technologies, construction and municipal services, trade in textiles, petroleum products, energy, vehicles and metals.
Based on BelTA