Online seminar "Belarus – Poland: Cooperation During Global Challenges"

Date: 05 August 2020

The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Poland organized an online seminar "Belarus – Poland: Cooperation During Global Challenges".

Speaking at the seminar were the BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich, President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce Andrzej Arendarski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Poland Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Belarus Artur Mikhalski, Chairman of the Polish-Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kazimierz Zdunowski. More than 155 representatives of Belarusian and Polish business joined the broadcast on Zoom and YouTube.

The seminar participants were informed on the current situation and prospects of Belarus-Poland trade and economic cooperation, the restrictions caused by the epidemiologic situation and the measures taken in both states to minimize the consequences of business activity decrease. The issues related to the introduction of new tools to promote bilateral cooperation were discussed as well as the possibilities and advantages of the Polish market entering by Belarusian construction companies.

The BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich noted that the chambers of commerce and industry of Belarus and Poland will try their best to promote business relations between the two countries. "Of course, the pandemic unexpectedly intervened in our business, trade and economic relations and the operation of even the smallest business. We did not expect this and did not plan it but we found ourselves in such conditions that force us to respond to this challenge, support our business, and promote bilateral trade and economic ties. This is a big mission of our chambers, this is our common determination to help even the smallest business," the head of the chamber said.

Besides, Vladimir Ulakhovich underlined that in 2019 the chambers held 41 business events together with Polish partners. "It means that our businesses met every week. This year the statistics is quite different. Yet, we organized 13 such events in January-February. As we have had to go online recently, we will continue to work in this format," the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman said.

According to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Poland Vladimir Chushev, Belarus and Poland are restoring their trade and economic cooperation fast. "Despite certain difficulties in the economies of almost all European countries, we can state that trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Poland has gone through the phase of slowing down rather quickly. In terms of six-month forecast, we are still behind last year's performance, but since May we have seen a tendency towards improving the situation," said the diplomat.

Vladimir Chushev added that, according to statistics, Poland is the main market among the European Union countries for Belarusian export-oriented enterprises."Positive growth has been registered virtually across all major groups of exported goods. These are woodworking, metal, complex technical and agricultural products. Polish companies have been successfully implementing investment projects in various sectors of the Belarusian economy," he said.

The seminar participants got the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers and share views on further cooperation development.

Based on BelTA