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17 Nov 2016

Plans to set up center of Chinese medicine in Gomel

GOMEL, 17 November (BelTA) – Plans have been made to set up a center of traditional Chinese medicine in the Belarusian city of Gomel. A relevant agreement was reached during the visit of an official delegation of Gomel Oblast to China’s Sichuan Province, BelTA learned from the press service of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee.

The delegation met with representatives of the Sichuan Provincial Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the city of Chengdu. The Chinese side was invited to consider several potential sites for the center.

The Chinese partners suggested it is necessary to establish an exchange of specialists at the initial stage of the project in order to train personnel for the center. The head of the Sichuan Provincial Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine was officially invited to visit Gomel and attend the 14th Gomel Economic Forum 2017.

The meeting with the Sichuan Province authorities discussed a wide range of matters related to economic cooperation between the two regions of Belarus and China. Local officials showed eagerness to import Belarus-made whey, dried and condensed milk, confectionery and alcohol products.

The parties signed a memorandum on the establishment of friendly cooperation between Gomel and Chengdu. A memorandum of understanding was concluded by the Gomel Oblast Office of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Sichuan Sub-council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

The agreement on cooperation between Gomel Oblast and Sichuan Province was signed in May 2015. The document envisages cooperation based on partnership, equality, trust and mutual benefit in such areas as economy, agriculture, healthcare and culture, education, sport and tourism. The parties agreed to establish direct contacts and twin-town ties between the cities of the two regions in order to develop cooperation in the abovementioned sectors.

Chengdu is the administrative center of Sichuan Province in the south-west of China. Its population is 14 million.

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