Business meeting with representatives of Serbian business community

Date: 30 January 2019

The National Library of the Republic of Belarus hosted a business meeting with representatives of Serbian business community. The event was organized by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Among the participants of the meeting were Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Koltovich, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia Dragan Stefanovic, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Serbia Valeriy Brylev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the Republic of Belarus Veljko Kovacevic, BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich, Honorary Consul of Belarus to Serbia and Vice President of the Dana Holdings Company Dragomir Caric, representatives of Serbian ministries and business associations, and over 100 businessmen from both countries.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Valeriy Brylev pointed out that over a couple of years Belarus and Serbia can achieve a commodity turnover of $500 million. According to him, there is a number of rather complicated joint projects, progress has been made in equipment deliveries, a good background has been laid for food and metal deliveries and assembly of fire fighting vehicles on the basis of Belarusian chassis for the Serbian market and the markets of other countries.

BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich highlighted that there is a contract between the two countries on a free trade zone, and this advantage should be exploited fully. According to the head of the BelCCI, Belarusian business is showing a lot of interest in developing cooperation with Serbian colleagues. This is evidenced also by the number of companies participating in the meeting. "We have an opportunity to discuss new cooperation topics. Mainly these are related to the agricultural sphere," Vladimir Ulakhovich said. In his opinion, Belarus does not use its opportunities as an entry platform to the Eurasian Economic Union market.

The Serbian party also sees great potential for bilateral cooperation. According to the Honorary Consul of Belarus to Serbia Dragomir Caric, Serbian furniture, jeans manufacturers and companies interested in joint production of electrical equipment have come to Belarus. The countries are planning to sign agreements of intent.

Over the business meeting urgent issues of Belarusian-Serbian commercial and economic cooperation were discussed. Business representative of Belarus and Serbia had talks on the cooperation development and opportunities for joint projects in the areas of construction and production of construction materials, furniture, telecommunication, automobile manufacturing, utility services, metallurgy, foundry production, equipment building, chemical, food industries, pharmaceuticals, and others.