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Investor profile of Brest Oblast, Belarus

Brest Oblast is home to 1.4 million in the southwest of Belarus, and is often dubbed the ‘Western gateway to the country’, via its borders with Poland and Ukraine.

It is located on the route of the country’s main transit corridor and a network of railways and motorways pass across the region, making it a popular route for freight and passengers movements. The main city, Brest, also has an international airport.

Major industrial branches are food, light, and machine engineering, accounting for almost two-thirds of industrial output. Energy, timber and woodworking, pulp and paper, flour-milling and mixed feed industries are also well-developed.

The region is rich in minerals, which helped the development of industrial production with the use of local natural resources. They include building stone, clays, glass, and building sands, sapropel, gravel.

The oldest national park in Europe, Belavezhskaya Pushcha, which celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2009, is also located in the region, on the Polish-Belarusian border.

Brest Free Economic Zone

The first FEZ in Belarus when it was launched in 1996, Brest is now home to around 70 businesses, three-quarters of which have foreign investment, representing 20 countries.

  • On two areas around Brest, a city of 318,000 people. Close to the Polish border, and therefore the EU, and on the main transport route from Moscow and Paris
  • Highly developed infrastructure, with an international airport, and EU & CIS standard rail hub and a direct waterway connection to the Black Sea
  • Focus on developing high-tech enterprises, particularly in the pharmaceutical, automotive, electronic and machine-building sectors
  • It employs 15,000 people and generated exports worth US $750 million in 2008
  • Attracted US $83 million in foreign investment in 2008, mainly from Germany, Russia and Poland

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