GRODNO, 30 June (BelTA) – The 9th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia “The role of interregional cooperation in deepening the integration processes of the Union State is opening in Grodno on 30 June, BelTA has learned.
The forum will open at 9:00 with six sessions: “The Union State legislation: Current state and main directions for further convergence”, “Belarus-Russia cooperation in the context of the new international climate agenda”, “Belarus-Russia cooperation in the agro-industrial complex as an essential factor in maintaining food security of the Union State”, “Belarus-Russia common science and technology space as a factor in ensuring global competitiveness and security of the Union State”, “Integration of the higher education system of Russia and Belarus: Regional Aspect”, “Effective import substitution in the Union State: Projects, incentives, coordination”.
In the afternoon, the Presidium of the Youth Council (Parliament) at the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus will hold a joint meeting with the Council of the Chamber of Young Legislators at the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The Belarus-Russia Business Council will hold a meeting to discuss the most pressing issues of bilateral cooperation, including import substitution and protection of the domestic market, integration of the industrial potential of the two countries, mechanisms to support small and medium-sized businesses amidst the sanctions against Belarus and Russia, digital technologies for business, protection of the interests of suppliers and buyers through international arbitration. In addition, there are plans to sign bilateral cooperation agreements and contracts. All in all, Belarusian and Russian businesses will sign 11 cooperation documents.
In addition, the 9th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Commission on Interregional Cooperation of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation will be held on 30 June.
On 1 July Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova and Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko will meet with heads of regional governments of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation. In addition, a plenary session “The role of interregional cooperation in deepening the integration processes of the Union State” will be held with the participation of ministers and heads of government agencies, enterprises and organizations, as well as representatives of the business community of Belarus and Russia.
A number of intergovernmental and interregional cooperation agreements and other documents will be signed within the framework of the forum.