International event "Business Days in Gomel"
18 November 2021

On November 18-19, the International Event "Business Days in Gomel" took place.

The new, hybrid format of the "Business Days"  (in person and online)  brought together more than 160 Belarusian participants and representatives of foreign business. The geography of the event participants expanded significantly, making up 31 countries in total. Among those who have joined the dialogue for the first time were representatives of Chile, Peru, Uganda, and Japan.

Opening the plenary part, the Chairman of Gomel Region Executive Committee Gennady Solovey presented the potential of the Gomel Region, noting that "enterprises of the Gomel Region traditionally show high positions in exports, actively developing partnerships with foreign companies. Active work in this direction will continue in the future in order to further integrate the economy of the Gomel Region into international economic processes". At the same time, an important role is played by the interaction of chambers of commerce and industry, as a connecting link that forms the systemic promotion of the interests of Belarusian enterprises to foreign markets.

The main day of the event – November 19 – was very eventful. Two sessions of "Business Days in Gomel" this year touched upon the issues of trade and economic cooperation, business communications using electronic platforms, modern forms and aspects of tourism, in particular medical, as well as post-covid rehabilitation.

At the end of the first session, the Gomel Branch of the BelCCI signed two documents – a Cooperation Agreement with the Udmurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry Union and a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Marketing and Management Association (EUMMAS).

In 2021, "Business Days in Gomel" became the site for the ceremony of awarding the enterprises of the Gomel Region – the winners of the republican contest "Best Exporter of the Year". Traditionally, the organizer of the competition is the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In his welcoming speech, the Chairman of the BelCCI, Vladimir Ulakhovich, emphasized that the events of the Gomel Branch of the BelCCI contribute to the active development of foreign economic relations of the region. Summing up the results of the "Best Exporter of the Year" contest and awarding the winners were logically connected with the theme of this important international event for the region.

A serious addition to "Business Days in Gomel" was the webinar "Force Majeure: What You Need to Know Today". The analysis of appeals to the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on this issue allowed the representatives of the Belarusian and Russian business to consider in detail the legal aspects and practical solutions for recognizing the fact of force majeure.

Results of "Business Days in Gomel" in figures:

162 participants from 31 countries

22 CCI and business associations from 12 countries

14 representatives of diplomatic missions from 10 countries

19 speakers of two sessions from 9 countries

37 foreign representatives of diplomatic and business circles – full-time participants of the event

43 online connection of foreign partners to sessions of "Business Days in Gomel".