MINSK, 7 July (BelTA) – Belarus has been long and consistently working to expand its cooperation with Asian countries, Director of the National Center for Marketing and Price Study Nikolai Borisevich said before the opening of the expert seminar “Pivot to Asia: Reality, Problems, Prospects”, BelTA has learned.
“We have been consistently working with Asia for a long time. We have a government-approved strategy to intensify contacts with distant countries. Asia is one of the most promising markets in our multi-vector system of foreign trade and foreign policy. Therefore, it would be absolutely wrong to say that we are starting from scratch in these difficult conditions,” Nikolai Borisevich said.
According to him, the economic situation is difficult now, including in world trade. “This, of course, requires some additional efforts. This is just a perfect time for us to take stock of our trade with this region and to analyze the prospects. Most importantly, our work should bring practical results. Of course, academic research is good, but under these conditions we need to give our exporters practical recommendations,” the director emphasized.
“As the well-known British politician Lord Palmerston said, “we have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual.” We must also have our eternal interests in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East. Thus, we need to be consistent and assertive in our efforts to promote our interests. We need to occupy available niches and make the most of opportunities, after all the other side is also willing to cooperate. The National Center for Marketing and Price Study will monitor all these trends in order to help our exporters, manufacturers build an efficient policy in Asia and other markets,” Nikolai Borisevich summed up.
The expert seminar “Pivot to Asia: Reality, Problems, Prospects” is organized by the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research and the National Center for Marketing and Price Study. The seminar is taking place within the framework of the analytical media project “Big Game 2.0 in Asia” and is timed to its first anniversary. Taking part in the seminar are top executives of the National Center for Marketing and Price Study, the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research, the Foreign Economic Affairs Agency, the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Administration of the China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange and other organizations, as well as Belarusian diplomatic missions in key Asian countries.