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7 Jun 2019

Minister: Polish business is welcome in Belarus

Minister: Polish business is welcome in Belarus

MINSK, 7 June (BelTA) – Belarus is open for the Polish business, Belarus’ Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Vladimir Koltovich said at the 22nd edition of the Belarusian-Polish economic forum Good Neighborliness on 7 June, BelTA has learned.

The minister emphasized that strong and independent Poland with a growing economy and an active stance in the European Union is not just one of key trading partners for Belarus, but also a near, big and solid market. “This is also a kind of guarantor of economic stability and political independence of our country. “We can and should make the most of our cooperation,” he said.

“Belarus opened its doors for the Polish business and created the necessary conditions for running a profitable business here. Belarus offers incentives and protection for investors. Investors are entitled to preferential terms in all the areas of business, from manufacturing to high technology,” the minister said.

In his words, although Belarus and Poland are neighbors, there is still a deficit of professional and objective information about each other. Events, like the ongoing forum in Minsk, help rectify the situation.

Vladimir Koltovich emphasized that good neighborliness is the biggest asset of bilateral relations. “Belarus has always been and will remain a predictable, open and responsible neighbor and counts on the same attitude on the part of Poland,” he emphasized.

“As our economy is growing bigger and retooled, we are expanding the output of goods with a high added value and winding down the export of raw materials. Polish companies that need our timber, leather and other commodities are welcome to start their businesses in the territory of Belarus. I would like to assure the Polish business community that insignificant investment risks will be more than outweighed by an assured access to raw materials, highly qualified workforce and the access to the multimillion market of the Eurasian Economic Union,” he said.

According to him, success in doing business in Belarus rests on a professional attitude to Belarus and treating it as a serious partner, availability of legal advice and contacts with local authorities.

In conclusion, Vladimir Koltovich expressed hope that the today’s meeting will pave the way for vibrant and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

The 22nd edition of the Belarusian-Polish economic forum Good Neighborliness is underway in Minsk. Taking part in the forum are more than 500 businessmen from Belarus and Poland. The forum features a plenary session to discuss trade and economic cooperation, three sections (Interregional Cooperation and Development; Logistics Services. Creating an Enabling Environment; Information Technology), and also a business matchmaking session.

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