BREST, 7 December (BelTA) - Irkutsk has played host to a business matchmaking session and a conference for businessmen from Irkutsk Oblast with the participation of representatives of Belarusian business circles, BelTA learned from the Brest Oblast Executive Committee.
The meeting was organized by the Brest office of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Eastern Siberia as part of the seventh session of the working group on cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and Russia's Irkutsk Oblast. The Belarusian delegation consisting of more than 30 specialists was headed by Brest Oblast Governor Yuri Shuleiko. The delegation comprised representatives of the country's major industrial enterprises. About 90 representatives of the business community of Irkutsk Oblast took part in the event to discuss the prospects of trade and economic cooperation.
Welcoming the guests, Governor of Irkutsk Oblast Igor Kobzev stressed the interest of the parties in strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation and supporting each other. “There are options for business development in the current difficult economic conditions. We should work together in this format. The governments should create conditions while producers of goods and services should find the niches that are of interest to business in both Belarus and Irkutsk Oblast,” said Igor Kobzev.
According to Yuri Shuleiko, this meeting showed what areas the parties should focus on. “There are issues we need to solve both on the regional and governmental level in order to give a start to business. We have a working plan. About 90% of the main, significant positions are being implemented. We understand what items need to be finalized, developed, and what should be abandoned because there is simply no need for it anymore,” the head of the Belarusian delegation said.
Amkodor's service center opened in Irkutsk on the same day. The Belarusian delegation also paid a visit to one of Russia's largest producers of socially important drugs - the production company Pharmasyntez and the private enterprise Enerpred-Hydraulic, which specializes in the design and manufacture of hydraulic equipment and tools for all industries.
The seventh meeting of the working group on cooperation of Belarus and Irkutsk Oblast is set to take place on 7 December.