Friends with pure voices
Business and Cultural Complex of Belarusian Embassy in Moscow hosts major presentation of Belarusian capital
One of the stands of Minsk’s manufacturers
Leading enterprises and organisations in Minsk have presented their industrial, investment, medical and cultural-tourist potential. The event lasted for more than four hours and aroused lively interest among Russian business circles, ministries and departments, public organisations, and diplomats accredited in Moscow.
Guests were welcomed by the Kupalinka folk group’s festive atmosphere, and sampled wonderful Belarusian sweets, pastries and drinks, ice cream and seafood. Opening the presentation, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, Igor Petrishenko, noted that Minskers are deservedly proud of their city, which is known for modern comfort. He stated, “There’s so much to see that one wishes to return again and again. The capital of Belarus can surprise even those who’ve visited several times before.” He underlined that Minsk is also the largest industrial and economic centre of Belarus, and maintains relations with more than 100 countries. He added, “Minsk is always open to contacts, having twin city relations with Kaluga, St. Petersburg, and a range of other regions.” Of course, Minsk and Moscow enjoy very special relations.
According to the Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee, Igor Karpenko, relations with Moscow remain a priority for Belarus. He explains, “Experience is constantly shared between our two capitals, on such acute issues as the development of urban infrastructure, construction, utility services, healthcare, industry and the launch of new technologies.” As far as foreign trade is concerned, Moscow is Minsk’s most important strategic partner. In 2015, mutual trade turnover totalled $8.2bn and over 5,700 Minsk organisations now have relations with those in Moscow.
The latest novelties and business innovations were discussed, as were opportunities for leisure and medical tourism. Minsk FEZ is working successfully, boasting special tax and customs regimes. Moreover, Belarusian developers are ready to suggest a new type of public transport — an electric bus (as an alternative to trolley buses).
The event finished with a concert, featuring Kupalinka folk group, which is part of the Belarusian State Philharmonic, and Chisty Golos choir.
By Yulia Vasilieva