7 June 2019
The 22nd edition of the Belarusian-Polish economic forum Good Neighborliness was held at the National Library of Belarus. The forum was organized by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with the Polish-Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency with the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Belarus.
A plenary part of the forum was attended by the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich, the Marshal (Chairman) of the Senate of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski, the Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Koltovich, the BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich, the Chairman of the Polish-Belarusian CCI Kazimierz Zdunowski, the member of the Board of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency Krzysztof Senger, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Poland Vladimir Chushev, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Belarus Artur Mikhalski, more than 500 businessmen from Belarus and Poland.
As he addressed the forum, Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that Belarus considers Poland an important and promising partner in the European Union. The two countries have reinforced political dialogue, inter-parliamentary and intergovernmental contacts, as well as trade and economic ties. And it is, first of all, a good signal for the business community.
Belarus attaches special attention to joint innovative and sci-tech projects, including cross-border and infrastructure ones. The parties are mutually interested in environmental projects of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Such projects are implemented through both national resources and EU funding. "This is a common agenda for Europe, and we need to work in this area more effectively," Mikhail Myasnikovich said. He stressed that Belarus is an open economy. "We are interested in Polish investors," said the Chairman of the Council of the Republic.
Besides, according to the speaker, Belarus and Poland can make great headway in what concerns cooperation in such areas as digitalization and IT industry. "Poland has a well-developed innovative system consisting of technoparks and incubators. There is also the Polish Development Fund. The country has been running a program to facilitate doing business "Constitution for Business". Belarus has introduced measures to promote business and the private sector, created unprecedented conditions for the IT sector," Mikhail Myasnikovich said. Belarus possesses highly-qualified personnel and good practices which can be useful for Poland.
The Chairman of the Council of the Republic praised good organization of the forum and emphasized big interest in it from Polish and Belarusian businessmen. "This demonstrates that the interest in mutual trade, investment, scientific and educational activities has been steadily increasing," he said. Mikhail Myasnikovich expressed confidence that meetings and discussions as part of the forum would promote further strengthening of ties and establishment of new contacts between Belarus and Poland.
Marshal (Chairman) of the Senate of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski underlined that the political dialogue between Belarus and Poland facilitates the development of trade and economic cooperation. "Political meetings, political decisions are very important because they are followed by trade, investment, economic exchange. For us it is very important that this dialogue, this cooperation between our countries continue to grow," he added.
Stanislaw Karczewski stressed that Belarus and Poland share a lot of things. Like Belarus Poland is committed to innovative economy and the pooling of efforts and capacities will benefit both countries.
Marshal of the Senate of Poland said that great number of participants from Poland and Belarus shows that cooperation will continue developing and will be beneficial to both countries.
The BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich noted that the world does not know that many economic events that have such a long and dynamic history as the Good Neighborliness forum. "The initiative that was conceived as a local business event of the border regions of the two countries in 1995 grew into a large-scale economic forum that brought together Belarusian and Polish businessmen representing all economic sectors. The fact that today the forum was attended by the heads of the upper houses of the parliaments of the two countries will give a new energy to our trade and economic cooperation and serve as an impetus to explore new cooperation opportunities," he said.
As part of the forum, the enterprises JV "Santa Bremor" LLC and Unibep SA were awarded for their great contribution to the development of Belarusian-Polish trade and economic cooperation. Bilateral agreements were signed, including the Agreement on Cooperation between the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.
The plenary session was followed by the three sections (Interregional Cooperation and Development; Logistics Services. Creating a Favorable Environment; Information Technology), and also a business matchmaking session.
Based on BelTA
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