MINSK, 9 December (BelTA) – Belarus' Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov is expected to pay a working visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 12-13 December to attend the Summit of Heads of Government of the Central European Initiative (CEI) in Sarajevo, spokesman for the Belarusian Prime Minister Vladislav Sychevich told BelTA.
Andrei Kobyakov will deliver his report on the priorities of Belarus' forthcoming presidency in the CEI in 2017.
The program of the working visit will include a number of bilateral meetings of the Prime Minister with heads of government who are to attend the meeting.
The Central European Initiative is a regional organization that unites 18 countries: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Belarus joined the CEI in 1996. The CEI plays the role of an important forum committed to supporting cooperation between the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in the areas of cross-border cooperation, energy, transport, science and technology, education, culture, small and medium-sized business, agriculture, environment, and others. In 2016 the presidency in the CEI was assumed by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Belarus will take over the presidency in the CEI next year.