Posted: 21.09.2023 13:14:00

17th Economic Forum brought together participants from Belarus and 12 countries in Gomel

The Gomel Economic Forum, the largest international event in the life of the south-eastern region of the country, has launched in Gomel for the 17th time. Over the years of its development, it has become a recognised and authoritative platform for discussing issues of international trade, economic, investment co-operation, and establishing reliable long-term relations.

This year, more than 300 participants from Belarus and 70 foreign representatives from 12 countries (Azerbaijan, Russia, Italy, China, Iran, Pakistan, the UAE, Syria, Palestine, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan) have come, and diplomatic circles are also widely represented. Six countries have delegated ambassadors to the forum, two sent advisers, and one – a trade representative.

Opening the plenary session, the Deputy Chairman of the Gomel Regional Executive Committee, Andrei Konyushko, noted that the Gomel Region has always been open for co-operation in all areas, “Nothing can replace live communication and real contacts. I am sure that all the planned events and negotiations will help find new growth points that will produce a positive impact on mutually beneficial liaisons.”

Business circles of eight regions of the Russian Federation are also taking part in the two-day forum. Actually, the interregional format has long been firmly established in the practice of Belarusian-Russian relations. Co-operation at the regional level is conducted within the framework of thirty-six treaties, and more than 80 agreements have been concluded between cities and districts. This year alone, more than 40 bilateral visits have been organised.

In her address to the forum participants, the Deputy Governor of the Bryansk Region of Russia, Galina Petushkova, noted, “The Republic of Belarus remains the most important strategic partner for the Bryansk Region, accounting for more than 60 percent of the total turnover. In January-July 2023, it exceeded $450m. The trade turnover between the Bryansk and Gomel regions also increased in the first seven months of this year: by 17 percent, or more than $160m.”