The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a meeting of the heads of the diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Belarus with representatives of Belarusian export-oriented companies – BelCCI members.
The event took place in the Palace of the Republic. Participating in the meeting were 58 heads of Belarusian foreign diplomatic missions and representatives of about 200 companies and organizations from all regions of the country.
The meeting was opened by a business briefing on the cooperation of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and foreign diplomatic missions. The speakers were the BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich and the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Guryanov. They emphasized the importance and efficiency of joint work of the Chamber and diplomatic corps while holding the events aimed at international business contacts development and the promotion of Belarusian export, identified the guidelines of cooperation to support foreign economic activities of domestic companies.
The First Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Aleksandr Guryanov underlined that the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a reliable partner for the embassies. "We have to actively develop the business dimension of cooperation. Business circles are our support. In this regard, we should work more tightly and with better coordination. The organization of expos and business exchange events is being resumed. The government provides the necessary financial support for such events, this is why these tools should be actively used. We should resume the practice of direct communication. We should organize trips of our exporters to their markets," Aleksandr Guryanov noted.
The BelCCI Chairman noted the great interest of Belarusian companies in the meeting. "About 200 companies from all regions of our country have sent their representatives here. These are export-oriented enterprises that need to discuss the ways how to work on certain markets. They need the advice of our embassies. In any case, we need to work as a close-knit team today. Our main task is to tap into new markets, new countries, to harness all existing opportunities and expand presence in any export market," Vladimir Ulakhovich said.
The briefing was followed by bilateral B2D meetings of the heads of foreign diplomatic missions of the Republic of Belarus and business community representatives. The negotiations embraced topical issues of B2D interaction aimed at export promotion, solving the problems that domestic companies face while exporting their goods abroad.
Vladimir Ulakhovich expressed hope that the Belarusian companies and embassies will reach most-results-orients agreements that "will benefit the enterprises, helping them maintain the export growth at the level they reported in Q1 and H1 of 2021."
After the negotiations with Belarusian businesspeople, the diplomats visited the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange, where they got informed about the possibilities and mechanisms to export Belarusian products using exchange-traded instruments.
Based on BelTA materials