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4 Sep 2019

Some 20 agreements to be signed at twin towns and partners forum in Brest

Some 20 agreements to be signed at twin towns and partners forum in Brest
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BREST, 4 September (BelTA) – Participants of the 2nd economic forum of twin towns and partners of Brest which is scheduled for 5 September, are expected to sign around 20 cooperation agreements, Brest First Deputy Mayor Vadim Kravchuk said at a press conference on 4 September, BelTA has learned.

The forum will draw over 350 representatives of government authorities and business communities from 18 countries. Brest companies intend to sign about 20 agreements with foreign partners in various fields, including economy, services sector, healthcare, education, and tourism. For example, several Brest schools will sign agreements with Polish educational institutions. The Brest city public transport company Brestgortrans aims to develop cooperation with Russian and Belarusian enterprises. Brest City Hall and district administrations will enter into cooperation agreements with regions of Poland, Latvia, and Bulgaria.

“The forum will give a new impetus to the development of Brest. If we boost the economy, we will be able to develop infrastructure, build roads and buy modern public transport vehicles,” Vadim Kravchuk noted. “During the first forum, we concluded contracts worth millions of dollars and launched projects that earned the city even more money. For example, Brest companies have increased their export. In 2018, Brest companies’ export went over $1 billion. In the first half of 2019, export exceeded $500 million. Brest companies have penetrated 15 new markets within the last year and a half and now supply products to 83 countries.” Vadim Kravchuk added that Belarus’ investment attractiveness results in setting up new enterprises. In 2018, 356 micro- and small businesses opened in Brest, another 214 opened in the first half of 2019.

The official opening of the forum of twin towns and partners will be held in the round hall of the Brest City Hall. Guests will be invited to an exhibition showcasing products of Brest companies, logistics potential, information technologies, education, healthcare, sport, and tourism. During a roundtable session, Brest Mayor Aleksandr Rogachuk will speak about the potential of Brest, the main development areas, and investment proposals. Participants of the event will also explore opportunities offered by the free economic zone Brest, the local IT cluster, and the tourism industry of the region. The program of the economic forum will comprise four sections: social, construction, trade and industry, and transport and logistics. Participants will also hold B2B talks, visit enterprises and organizations.

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