Kazan hosted a business forum "Tatarstan – Belarus", attended by Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Roman Golovchenko, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus. The event was organized by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with the Union "Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan" as part of a visit to Tatarstan by a government and business delegation of Belarus.
The forum was attended by the BelCCI Chairman Mikhael Miatlikov, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan Shamil Ageev, members of the official delegation of the Republic of Belarus, more than 100 representatives of Belarusian and Russian business communities.
Addressing the participants, the Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko noted that such events are in great demand, especially in the current conditions, when enterprises in both Belarus and Russia face a variety of problems. The Head of the Government of Belarus mentioned, "In this regard, interaction should go under the sign of increasing volumes and searching for reserves of cooperation that exist between the republics."
The Chairman of the BelCCI Mikhael Miatlikov highlighted that the BelCCI highly appreciates friendly relations with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan. "The two organizations are exchanging business contacts and proposals, including for the replacement of imported products. Various events are held annually within the framework of regional cooperation. The business of Belarus participates in exhibitions in Kazan," the Chairman of the BelCCI said. He invited business circles of Tatarstan to pay a visit to Belarus, to take part in major international exhibition events of the country.
Mikhael Miatlikov assured , "Chambers of Commerce and Industry undertake to become an even more effective tool for prompt assistance in resolving issues of enhancing business contacts between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Tatarstan and involving small and medium-sized businesses in this work. Our organizations will continue being reliable partners for the Belarusian-Russian business dialogue."
At the forum, promising areas for the development of the Belarus-Tatarstan trade and economic cooperation, the advantages of implementing high-tech projects within the framework of Belarus' preferential regimes were discussed. The presentation of the import substitution platform, created on the basis of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange, took place.
Within the framework of the forum, 11 bilateral documents were signed – cooperation agreements and contracts for the supply of products.
At the end of the plenary part of the event, B2B negotiations were held, during which the Belarusian participants established contacts and discussed the prospects for cooperation with representatives of enterprises of the Republic of Tatarstan in such areas as the production of industrial equipment, transport and logistics, construction and repair work, petroleum chemistry, agriculture, woodworking, and others.
In addition to participating in the forum, during their visit to Tatarstan, the members of the Belarusian delegation visited the Technopolis "Khimgrad" and the IT Quarter in Kazan, where they got acquainted with these complexes' structure, capabilities and held negotiations with the senior executives of resident companies. Two commercial contracts were signed between Belarusian and Russian enterprises in the petrochemical industry.