BelCCI takes stock of 2020: Minsk and Minsk region

Date: 25 February 2021

The Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich met with the team of the Minsk Branch of the BelCCI. During the meeting, the activities of the unitary enterprise in 2020 were summed up, key tasks and priorities for 2021 were defined.

In his report, Sergei Nabeshko, General Director of the Minsk Branch of the BelCCI, noted that the epidemiological situation in 2020 and the associated restrictions made the enterprise management look differently at the format of its activities. Thanks to timely transformational decisions, the Minsk Branch was able to maintain and, in some areas, increase economic efficiency indicators.

The General Director underlined the most significant achievements of the enterprise over the past year. So, with the assistance of the Minsk Branch of the BelCCI, such large exporters of Minsk and Minsk region as Amkodor, Belkommunmash, Dormashexpo, Mebelink, MAZ, MMZ, MTZ, and others were included in the register of Eurasian industrial products, which allowed the flagships of the Belarusian industry participate in state (municipal) procurement in the Russian Federation. During the pandemic, not a single contractor was left without the necessary export documents. The use of remote interaction tools, the regrouping of document circulation made it possible to provide the necessary support in the form of urgent registration of certificates of origin to all exporters – from large holdings to small businesses.

The pandemic has given rise to a new format of international events for the development of business contacts. Thus, the Minsk Branch of the BelCCI has successfully introduced the practice of holding online meetings, and about 60 such events took place last year. Four cooperation agreements were signed, including with the China Foreign Trade Center. Besides, business visits and receptions of delegations in the traditional format were organized in cooperation with partner organizations from Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

In his speech, Sergei Nabeshko highlighted the effectiveness of the translation department of the Minsk Branch of the BelCCI, which in 2020 won all the regional tenders it took part in. The head of the unitary enterprise also noted the active work with the BelCCI member companies. Over the past period, the increase in the membership base in Minsk and Minsk region amounted to 4.4 percent.

Addressing the staff of the Minsk Branch of the BelCCI, Vladimir Ulakhovich commented on the difficult economic situation in which the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was forced to work last year. The emphasis was placed on maintaining the quality of the fundamental services and the introduction of new activities to support enterprises and Belarusian exports. "In this difficult time, the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is more demanded than ever and plays an important role, since we are a platform that allows businesses to cooperate directly and solve emerging problems through dialogue, including in an online format," the Chairman of the BelCCI said.

Vladimir Ulakhovich and Sergei Nabeshko thanked the employees of the Minsk Branch for their conscientious work and personal contribution to the development of the enterprise, presented them with certificates of honor and gratitude.