XXII Belarusian-Polish Economic Forum "Good neighbourliness-2019"

Date: June 07, 2019

The XXII Belarusian-Polish Economic Forum “Good neighbourliness-2019” was held  at the National Library of Belarus, organized by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with the Polish-Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency with the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Belarus.

A plenary meeting was held with the participation of Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich, Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanislav Karchevsky, Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Koltovich, Chairman of the BelCCI Vladimir Ulakhovich, Chairman of the Polish-Belarusian CCI Kazimierz Zdunovsky, Member of the Board of the Polish Investment Agency and trade of Krzysztof Senger, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Poland Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Belarus Arthur Michalsky, more than 500 businessmen of the two countries. Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that Belarus considered Poland as an important and promising partner in the European Union. The basis for this is that political dialogue has become active, inter-parliamentary and intergovernmental contacts have become systemic. Trade and economic ties are being strengthened. This, in turn, is a good signal for the business community.

Belarus attaches particular importance to joint innovative and scientific-technical projects, including cross-border ones. Projects in the field of cell engineering and stem cell treatment, diseases of farm animals, and conservation of ecosystems in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha are issues of mutual interest. Funding for these studies should be supported by European funds. “Belarus is a country with an open economy. We are interested in attracting Polish investors, and not only with a worldwide reputation,” Mikhail Myasnikovich pointed.

In addition, according to the Chairman of the Council of the Republic, Belarus and Poland can seriously succeed developing cooperation in such areas as digitalization and the IT industry. “In Poland, a developed innovative system of technology parks and incubators has been formed, the Polish Development Fund has been created, and the program for simplifying entrepreneurship “Constitution for Business” has been implemented. Belarus has taken very serious measures to support business, develop private initiative, and created unprecedented conditions for the growth of IT- industry. We have qualified staff, good experience, and it can be useful for Polish colleagues”, Mikhail Myasnikovich emphasized.

The Chairman of the Council of the Republic pointed the high organizational level of the forum, as well as the great attention to the event from Polish and Belarusian businessmen. "It shows that interest for mutual trade, investment, scientific, educational activities between our countries is constantly growing," he stressed. He also expressed confidence that the meetings and discussions in the framework of the forum would strengthen ties and establish new contacts between Belarus and Poland.

Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanislav Karczewski marked that the political dialogue between Belarus and Poland contributes to the development of trade and economic cooperation. "Political conversations, political decisions are necessary in order to talk further about trade, economic exchange, investment. It is very important for us that this dialogue, this cooperation between our countries develop," he said.

Stanislav Karchevsky emphasized that Belarus and Poland have a lot in common. Poland, like Belarus, is developing an innovative economy, and combining of efforts and potential will benefit both countries, he said.

Marshal of the Senate of Poland also noted that a large number of participants in the forum indicates that cooperation will develop and will be beneficial for both countries.

BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich noted that there are not many economic events in international practice that have such a long-term constructive and progressive history as the forum “Good Neighbourliness”. “The initiative, born at the level of the business of border regions of the two countries in 1995, has grown into a large-scale economic forum, which was attended by representatives of all sectors of the economy,” said Vladimir Ulakhovich. “The heads of the upper chambers of the parliament took part in the forum today, and this is an impetus for our bilateral relations, in particular trade and economic, to be filled with new content, reach significantly higher levels, and expand the areas of interaction.”

Within the framework of the forum, Santa Bremor JV LLC and Unibep SA were awarded for their contribution to the development of Belarusian-Polish trade and economic relations. Also bilateral documents were signed, including a cooperation agreement between the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.

At the end of the plenary session, the work of the forum continued in three sections: “Interregional cooperation and development”, “Creating a favorable climate. Logistic services”, “Information technologies”, bilateral negotiations were held between representatives of Belarusian and Polish enterprises and organizations.

Based on BelTA materials


7 june