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19 Jul 2018

Brest to twin with China’s Baiyin

BREST, 19 July (BelTA) – Brest is set to conclude a twinning agreement with China’s Baiyin (Gansu Province), BelTA learned from Brest First Vice Mayor Vadim Kravchuk.

The agreement will be signed on 26 July during the first economic forum of twin cities and partners of Brest. It is expected that the document will be inked by Brest Mayor Alexander Rogachuk and Deputy Secretary of the People's Government of Baiyin Zhang Guorong. The agreement envisages, first of all, cooperation in industry, social sector, transport and logistics.

“Baiyin is a relatively big city. The twinning agreement will help establish contacts and increase the trade with China which is our strategic market. The relations with China have been steadily developing. The trade between Belarus and China totaled $33 million in January-May. With this agreement signed, we will be able to increase the trade by 20%, including exports,” said Vadim Kravchuk.

The event will envisage the signing of more than 10 agreements on cooperation in various sectors. For example, the Brest Tea and Coffee Company plans to conclude a contract on the delivery of tea and herb drinks with Georgian partners. In turn, the representatives of this country are interested in cooperation with the Berkli farm that specializes in growing blueberry seedlings. An agreement to open a new bus route between Brest and Terespol will be signed by OAO Brest Bus Fleet and the Polish company Markus. Brest schools will sign cooperation agreements with academic institutions of Boguchwala (Poland) and Vranov nad Toplou (Slovakia).

The program is divided into four blocks: industrial, transport and logistics, social affairs and construction. The participants will engage in B2B talks, visit enterprises, institutions and organizations, and see the facilities built ahead of the 1000th anniversary of Brest.

Representatives of Russia, Poland, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Israel, China, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Serbia and Slovakia confirmed their participation. “We will tell the visitors about the history of our city, its investment opportunities, preferences for potential partners. Baiyin and other partners of Brest Science and Technology Park, Brest State Technical University will hold their presentations. Particular emphasis will be placed on Brest as the 2019 CIS Capital of Culture.

The economic forum of sister cities and partners of Brest is timed to coincide with the 999th anniversary of the regional center.

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