New conditions for uniting

Belarus aims to increase exports to Russian Federation regions
Belarus aims to increase exports to Russian Federation regions

The Chairman of the Council of the Republic at the National Assembly of Belarus, Mikhail Myasnikovich, noted during his working visit to Pinsk that Belarusian enterprises are soon to present their best produce abroad: at the Second Belarus-Russia Regions Forum. Hosted by Sochi on September 17th and 18th, it will feature sci-tech, industrial and food products.

He emphasised, “Apart from regional agreements, we have plans to sign commercial and trade-economic contracts worth at least $100m. In particular, the Russian Novosibirsk Region is showing interest in knitted goods made by our Pinsk-based company, Polesie. Knitted outwear is in special demand there.”

Answering journalists’ questions, the Chairman of the Council of the Republic said that Belarusian light industry, alongside the meat and dairy industries, will be represented in Sochi mostly by Brest Region enterprises. Mr. Myasnikovich underlined that the event will bring additional impetus to inter-regional co-operation. “We have somewhat ‘rebooted’ the concept of this collaboration. First of all, inter-regional interaction should mean close trade ties and establishment of joint ventures. We should set up prototypes of transnational corporations within the framework of Belarus-Russia co-operation. This creates preconditions for integration,” he believes.

The Belarus-Russia Regions Forum will gather around 400 participants. The event is being organised by the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia.

By Vasily Kharitonov
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