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Belarus and France to expand legal framework

Plans surely inspire hopes

Belarus and France to expand legal framework

Belarus and France aim to expand their legal framework of bilateral co-operation, noted Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich on meeting the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Belarus, H.E. Ms. Dominique Gazuy.

According to the PM, the existing legal framework is inadequate. “Some fundamental agreements are missing,” notes Mr. Myasnikovich. “Such as on the mutual protection of investments and avoidance of double taxation. The signing of these documents sends a positive message to our companies and should facilitate closer ties between our two countries.”

Ms. Gazuy assured the PM that she will address these issues as soon as possible.

Welcoming the Head of the French diplomatic mission, Mr. Myasnikovich said, “This is our first meeting but I think we will meet regularly, because we have a great number of interesting projects and ideas — which could be realised with the help of the French Government and businessmen.”

At present, Belarus is home to 48 Belarusian-French joint ventures, but the number could grow. Mr. Myasnikovich emphasises the need to ‘come to grips with long-term issues of establishing the intergovernmental commission, as this could boost bilateral co-operation in trade, the economy and culture’.
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