Meetings launch new phase of liaisons
Around 200 representatives of Belarusian and Dutch companies, banks, chambers of commerce and industry, state institutions, local authorities and educational establishments have taken part in the Belarusian-Dutch Business Forum — 20 Years of Economic Partnership: Key Achievements and Future Prospects
By Alexander Novikov
The meetings in the Hague were organised by the Belarusian Embassy to the Netherlands jointly with the Minsk Branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to the Foreign Ministry, business circles of Belarus and the Netherlands have agreed to expand Belarusian exports into this country while intensifying investment co-operation. Next year, Dutch business circles are to visit Belarus to study the establishment of the Belarusian-Dutch Business Council.
Three parallel thematic sections were hosted by the forum: ‘Agriculture and Food’; ‘The Single Economic Space of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. Transport, Logistics and Technical Regulations’; and ‘Investments, Power Engineering and Information Technologies’. A business matchmaking session followed, allowing Belarusian and Dutch participants to agree the expansion of Belarusian exports to the Netherlands and to reinforce investment collaboration.
Representatives of IT companies also took part in the Belarusian-Russia-Dutch IT seminar, which hosted a presentation of Belarusian IT potential.
Belarusian participants toured several Dutch companies involved in dairy processing and other food manufactures, in innovative technologies and in transport and logistics. In addition, they visited the Yes!Delft business incubator and the largest European port: Rotterdam.