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30 June 2020, 14:46

BelCCI's efforts to advance Belarus-Italy business ties praised

MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) – The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry does its best to strengthen Belarusian-Italian business ties. Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BelCCI) Vladimir Ulakhovich made the statement during an online seminar held on 30 June to discuss Belarus-Italy economic cooperation amid global challenges, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “Our chamber is a tool of support and the most important partner for representatives of the Belarusian private sector and the Italian one. The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its representative offices in Italy represent a system geared towards strengthening and advancing business ties between the two countries. It is very important that Belarus and Italy have financial support tools, too. It reflects our desire to send a positive signal to the private sector, a signal that says all of us are ready to facilitate the advancement of contacts.”

Vladimir Ulakhovich stressed that the restrictive measures many countries have implemented due to the pandemic have resulted in huge obstacles for doing business. “Nevertheless, in these complicated conditions our platforms are doing everything possible for the advancement of economic and business ties. We remain intent on advancing the relations and developing all the support tools,” he said.

The official reminded that Belarus-Italy trade exceeded $2 billion five years ago. “Trade between our countries was balanced then. This figure is an ideal we would like to move towards and aspire to. Last year Belarus-Italy trade totaled $900 million but I think our countries have every chance of reaching the figure achieved five years ago. We have a number of opportunities for it. We should advance cooperation in such spheres as metalworking, mechanics, petrochemical industry, and woodworking. Partners from Italy should use Belarus as an industrial platform for promoting joint products to the Eurasian market,” Vladimir Ulakhovich believes.

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