English chronicle of events

THE BELARUSIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COUNCIL MEETING

22 april 2021

Heads and representatives of 70 enterprises and organizations – members of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry took part in the BelCCI Council meeting. The event was for the first time held in a unique, hybrid format: the Council members could choose the participation format – offline or online.

The Chairman of the BelCCI Vladimir Ulakhovich made a report on the results of the work of the Presidium of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2020. He stressed that the difficult year was defined by the Chamber not as a year of restrictions and conservation, but as a year of challenges and new opportunities. “We did not only continue working steadily but also ensured sustainable development in almost all areas. This was largely achieved thanks to the well-coordinated and efficient work of the BelCCI Presidium, prompt and constructive decisions on issues important for the Chamber and for the business community,” the BelCCI Chairman said.

Vladimir Ulakhovich focused on each area of ​​the Chamber’s system – international events holding, including online, expanding the partner network and the institution of BelCCI representatives abroad, interaction with the diplomatic corps, the Eurasian Economic Commission and EUROCHAMBRES, the work of specialized committees, expert examination and certification, information support, exhibition activities, services in the field of business education, protection of intellectual property, international arbitration. Particular emphasis was placed on new avenues and projects of the BelCCI, which are in demand by businesses during the pandemic.

“As the response to new types of assistance to the Chamber members and business, a record number of enterprises have become the BelCCI members in recent years. This is a very good signal, confirmation of the special role of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the current conditions. Our enterprises are highly interested in our full returning to active business life and count on us. And against all the odds, we will be faithful to the motto: “Successful business. Strong country”,” Vladimir Ulakhovich emphasized.

The Chair of the Audit Commission of the BelCCI Svetlana Grebentsova reported on the results of the last year’s financial activities of the Chamber.

When discussing the activities of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2020, Director of Game Stream JLLC Viktor Novochadov, Head of the Mogilev FEZ Administration Andrey Yartsev, General Director of Lidakhleboprodukt OJSC Alexander Ostrovsky, Director of the Belinterexpo Exhibition Company of the BelCCI Eugeniy Vvedenskiy, Deputy Chairman – Director of the Executive Directorate of the Gomel Regional Union of Employers Galina Kasoverskaya noted the effectiveness of the new formats of work with the Chamber members, the prompt introduction of online events, the expansion and improvement of services to support enterprises, the relevance of the BelCCI projects.

BELARUS. THE TASTE OF NATURE PAVILION AT GULFOOD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION IN DUBAI

22-25 february 2021

25 Belarusian food industry enterprises take part in Belarus. The Taste of Nature national pavilion at the largest international exhibition of food and beverages, Gulfood-2021 in Dubai.

The national pavilion opening ceremony was held on February 22. It was attended by the Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the United Arab Emirates Andrei Luchenok, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus Igor Brylo, Deputy Chairman of Belgospischeprom Concern Aleksandr Yakovchits, Director of Exhibition Unitary Enterprise “Belinterexpo” of the BelCCI Eugeniy Vvedenski, Director of Export Services Department of Dubai Exports Abdelrahman Al Hosani, and senior representatives of Belarusian companies.

The Belarusian exporting companies present meat and dairy products, poultry meat and eggs, bakery products and confectioneries. All the products to be presented at the exhibition have ISO and Halal certificates.

The novelty of this year’s exposition is its hybrid format. For the first time, the national pavilion has a virtual copy – an online platform that allows finding the pavilion at the exhibition, see the products presented at stands, get the contacts of the exponents. Online exposition is available at https://www.belinterexpo.by/gulfood2021/.

The exposition is accompanied by an eventful business program, including a briefing of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, consultations with Dubai Exports Agency specialists, Gulfood Innovation Summit, presentations and negotiations with representatives of retail networks and importers from all over the world.

The exposition has been organized by the Belinterexpo Exhibition Unitary Enterprise of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

BELCCI CHAIRMAN VLADIMIR ULAKHOVICH VISITS THE UAE

 21-22 february 2021

As part of the visit to the United Arab Emirates of the Belarusian delegation participating in the National Pavilion “Belarus. The Taste of Nature” at Gulfood 2021 international exhibition, the Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich had several meetings with heads of Dubai business associations.

On February 21, the BelCCI Chairman met the Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry Majid Saif Al Gurair. The sides discussed inter-chamber cooperation, the possibilities to exchange business visits, jointly hold business events and organize the participation of the companies of Belarus and the UAE in international exhibitions and fairs in both states, including online.

The possibilities of signing a memorandum of understanding between the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dubai Exports agency were discussed during the meeting of Vladimir Ulahovich and the CEO of Dubai Exports, Saeed Al Awadi. The sides also discussed the interaction of the two organizations during the arrangement of exhibition and business events aimed at developing trade and economic relations between Belarus and the UAE.

On February 22, the Belarusian business delegation headed by the Chairman of the BelCCI took part in a business briefing organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event included presentations of the economic and investment potential of Belarus and the United Arab Emirates, the export opportunities of Belarusian companies.

MEETING OF THE AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF PAKISTAN TO BELARUS SAJJAD HAIDER KHAN WITH BELARUSIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES

18 february 2021

The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a meeting of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan with Belarusian business community representatives.

Participating in the meeting were the BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich, Minister (Trade and Investment) of the Embassy of Pakistan in Moscow Nasir Hamid, heads of 25 Belarusian companies. Besides, more than 70 representatives of Belarusian enterprises operating in the fields of mechanical engineering, trade, pharmaceutical industry, textiles, food production, education, investment, transport, logistics, banking services, science and innovations joined the online broadcast of the meeting.

Vladimir Ulakhovich noted that Pakistan is a country with a capacious market, and this country is actively developing and building a multi-vector foreign economic policy. Cooperation with Belarus meets the interests of Pakistan, Belarusian products of mechanical engineering, chemical industry, pharmaceuticals are familiar to the consumer and are in demand on the market of this country. The necessary conditions have been created for the development of the Belarus-Pakistan trade and economic cooperation: the exchange of visits by delegations of different levels is carried out, the Business Council is functioning, the work of which did not stop due to the restrictions imposed and continued in an online format. This year, it is planned to hold a bilateral forum within the framework of the joint Belarusian-Pakistani Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, as well as to organize the National Exposition of Belarus at International Trade & Industry Fair in Karachi. “Unfortunately, the pandemic negatively affected bilateral trade last year – the increase in mutual turnover was small. At the same time, the potential for cooperation is very serious, especially in the fields of mechanical engineering, petroleum chemistry, food industry. Besides, Pakistan is the largest exporter of textiles, which opens up significant opportunities for cooperation with our light industry enterprises,” the BelCCI Chairman said. He stressed that the businessmen of the two countries are interested in early return to the traditional format of dialogue and the pre-pandemic level of relations. And the meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary is another step on this path.

The meeting participants were informed about the promising fields of Belarus-Pakistan trade and economic interaction, new export niches for Belarusian companies in the market of Pakistan, the peculiarities of business and investment climate, tourist potential, and the financial mechanisms to support foreign companies doing business in Pakistan.

Following the official part of the meeting, the Belarusian businessmen held negotiations with Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan and directly asked questions concerning cooperation with Pakistani partners.

The meeting materials:

The presentation of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Pakistan to Belarus

The presentation of the Embassy of Pakistan in the Russian Federation

Emerging Pakistan Official Documentary

There’s something special about Pakistan