GOMEL, 25 March (BelTA) – The Republic of South Africa would like to cooperate with Gomel jewelry companies, Head of the Embassy Subdivision of South Africa in Minsk Roberto Gomes told reporters during his visit to Gomel Oblast, BelTA has learned.
Roberto Gomes emphasized that this is his first visit to Belarus' southeastern region. It was a fact-finding trip, however the parties already outlined some possible avenues for cooperation. They include projects in the jewelry industry. The Republic of South Africa is known to have the world's biggest gold reserves. The country is exploring a possibility to process raw materials at Belarusian companies.
Roberto Gomes has plans to get familiar with the Kristall Holding Company in Minsk. The efforts might result in mutually beneficial partnerships.
During the visit Roberto Gomes toured Gomel Radio Plant and held talks with representatives of Gomselmash at the office of the Gomel Branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Roberto Gomes noted that interregional contacts are also of great interest. In fact, Mpumalanga Province cooperates with Mogilev Oblast, the two regions signed an agreement. The two countries are also running projects in education: young people from South Africa study at Belarusian universities. “African students study in Minsk, however Gomel Oblast also has great educational capacities,” he said. Contacts were also established in mechanical engineering.
“Our task is to find areas of common interests between regions. It is important that it will benefit both sides,” Roberto Gomes noted.