11 December 2017
Minsk hosted the Belarus-Moldova business forum with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Rusy. Vladimir Ulakhovich, Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sergiu Harea, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, took part in the forum, as well as more than 100 representatives of the two states' enterprises and organizations.
During the forum opening, Pavel Filip noted that Moldova is interested in direct ties between economic entities and business communities of the two countries, and the Moldovan authorities will continue to support business projects with Belarus. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the business forum will lead to concrete results. "We, as representatives of the authorities, are present here to understand where the problems are and what needs to be done to remove barriers, to build bridges," he said.
In turn, the Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister stressed that Belarus and Moldova have overcome the decline in trade and economic relations. The bilateral trade has been growing year by year. "We see pretty good prospects in every area of cooperation. This applies to setting up joint assembly plants, founding new mechanical engineering companies, cooperation in road construction, tractor manufacturing, agriculture, and winemaking," Mikhail Rusy said.
Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich said that the Belarusian-Moldovan business meetings, including the ones held by the chambers of commerce and industry, yield concrete results. He expressed confidence that the current Belarus-Moldova business forum will become a new major step to help the complementary economies of the two countries develop, fulfill large state tasks and commercial projects for the benefit of peoples. "For business, the meetings with government leaders are always a big deal. We see it as the policy towards the development cooperation, a guarantee of support. This is also the responsibility in terms of meeting the expectations and implementing big and serious projects,” Vladimir Ulakhovich noted.
The forum participants discussed the chances to enhance trade and economic cooperation, the prospects of joint projects implementation in the fields of agriculture, transport, food industry, oil and gas processing, tourism, the production of alcoholic and soft drinks, export and import of goods, the manufacture of metallurgical products, furniture, and in other spheres.
Based on BelTA