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8 October 2019 → Minsk signed a number of contracts and a cooperation agreement with Kharkov at the Forum of Regions

Minsk concluded a number of contracts and an agreement on cooperation with Kharkov following the results of the II Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine, Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Alexander Krepak told the "Minsk-Novosti" Agency correspondent.

Recall that the Forum of Regions was held in Zhytomyr. It was attended by delegations from all regions of our country and 23 regions of the southern neighbour.

The capital of Belarus was represented by a delegation led by Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Anatoly Sivak. The delegation also included the heads of several Belarusian enterprises and organizations.

According to A. Krepak, for Minsk the Ukrainian market is the second after the Russian one. Our enterprises export more than 500 commodity items there. According to the results of 2018, trade turnover amounted to more than $ 3 billion with an increase of 23% compared to 2017.

For many years, the leading positions in the mutuall trade of Minsk with the regions of Ukraine have been occupied by Kiev, Volyn, Zhytomyr, Dnipropetrovsk and Kiev regions.

Mutually beneficial cooperation with the regions of the southern neighbour is not limited to goods exchange operations. Industrial cooperation is also expanding. Joint assembly plants are being created. So, in Lutsk, in 2017, the Ukrainian-Belarusian enterprise "BKM-Ukraine" started operating, and a representative office was opened this year. For this period, 24 units of equipment have already been produced here; it is planned to build new assembly shops and increase the level of production localization.

In turn, 559 enterprises with the participation of Ukrainian capital operate in Minsk: 253 joint ventures and 306 foreign ones. Last year alone, about $ 400 million of investments came from Ukraine to the capital of Belarus.

The service sector is also actively developing. In 2018, their foreign trade turnover amounted to more than $ 170 million. The largest share in the export of services is occupied by transport, construction and business. Growth is also taking place in tourism.

Interregional cooperation is established in the field of health. Ukraine is the main exporter of medical services and occupies almost 50% of the total export of health care services of Minsk.

A number of our enterprises brought contracts from Zhytomyr: Belkommunmash will deliver 49 trolley buses for $ 10.27 million to the Zhytomyr tram and trolleybus department, MAZ will send 54 trolleybus cars for $ 3.4 million to the "Litan" trading house.

In total, 65 commercial contracts worth about $ 70 million were concluded during the preparation and holding of the Forum.

In addition, an agreement on mutual cooperation between Minsk and Kharkov was signed. Minsk already has friendly relations with Odessa, contacts ahave been established with the Kiev region and the city of Kiev, and the administrations of the districts of the two capitals also cooperate with each other: Pervomaisky – Obolonsky Districts, Sovetsky – Podolsky Districts.

"In the near future, a roadmap will be drawn up on the implementation of the Agreement. In the first half of next year, a delegation from Minsk is scheduled to visit Kharkov where we are going to sign this document," A. Krepak said.

For reference

The III Forum of the regions of Belarus and Ukraine will be held on Belarusian soil. The Grodno Region expressed its desire to host it.

The photo is presented by the Press Service of the Minsk City Executive Committee

News provided by Agency "Minsk-Novosti"

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