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2 Jul 2019

Belt and Road Forum to open at Great Stone park in Belarus on 2 July

Belt and Road Forum to open at Great Stone park in Belarus on 2 July

MINSK, 2 July (BelTA) – The Belt and Road Forum for Regional Cooperation and Development will open at the China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone on 2 July, BelTA has learned.

The main theme of the forum is “Open park Great Stone - an example of global opportunities”. The event will bring together about 500 participants: government representatives, leaders of business associations, investment funds, banks and major companies from European and Asian countries.

This is the first large-scale event in the territory of the park. The forum will build on the results of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that took place in Beijing in April 2019.

The program of the forum is packed with events. The key theme of the plenary session will be the participation of the states in the Belt and Road global initiative. The four breakout sessions will highlight innovative developments and new technologies, transport and logistics, cooperation with financial institutions, and development of the Great Stone park as a smart eco-city. The forum will see bilateral documents signed, and new residents of the park registered.

An exhibition of Belarusian and Chinese goods and services opened at the China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone on 30 June. It features 200 products made by the Belarusian and Chinese companies operating in industries such as mechanical engineering and industrial equipment, energy, transportation and logistics, construction and woodworking, science and technology, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceutics, agriculture and food, services (industrial design, metrology, consulting).

The organizers of the forum are the Economy Ministry of Belarus and the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. Co-organizers are the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Council for the Promotion of International Trade at the Ministry of Commerce of China, the Great Stone Industrial Park Administration, the National Agency for Investment and Privatization, Industrial Park Development Company.

The Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone is an international platform for high-technology production in the leading fields of activity. The park offers unprecedented preferences. The park is home to 44 resident companies from China, Belarus, Austria, Germany, Russia, Lithuania, the United States, and Israel. The estimated investment in the projects exceeds $1 billion.

Lukashenko welcomes participants of Belt and Road Forum in Belarus

MINSK, 2 July (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent a message of greetings to participants of the Belt and Road Forum for Regional Cooperation and Development that opened at the China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone, the base platform of the initiative, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The head of state underlined that Belarus was among the first European countries to respond to the call of leader of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping to take part in this international project. “In 2014 we signed a corresponding agreement. A year later we launched the construction of the park together with the Chinese leader. Today it is a place where economic interests of Europe and Asia converge; it is by right dubbed a gem of the Belt and Road initiative. The main theme of the forum “Open park Great Stone - an example of global opportunities” reflects the main idea of the project. It means that the initiative was born in China, but the entire world can benefit from the opportunities it offers,” the Belarusian head of state noted.

The president added that the Great Stone park is a place where a new-generation city with an eco-friendly industry is emerging. It will set an example for the countries taking part in the initiative.

Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed hope that the forum will be held in the spirit of partnership and cooperation and that it will inspire its participants to reach new heights and to embark on promising joint projects.

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