The Forum of the Regions makes it possible to establish new contacts

GRODNO, July 1 (BelTA) – The Forum of Regions offers an excellent opportunity to strengthen cooperation with long-standing partners and establish new contacts, Governor of Irkutsk Oblast Igor Kobzev said during of the plenary session. integration process” at the 9th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Grodno on July 1, BelTA learned.

“Irkutsk Oblast has been participating in the Forum of Regions since 2017. This forum provides a good opportunity to strengthen cooperation with long-term partners and establish new contacts, study products of Belarusian companies and discuss prospects for cooperation. Today we signed two agreements – with Minsk Tractor Works and with Gomselmash, ”said Igor Kobzev.

He added that Irkutsk Oblast is attractive for investors. “It ranks ninth in Russia in this respect, we have more than 180 investment contracts worth more than 2 trillion rubles. At the same time, we trade with more than 100 countries, trade is estimated at more than 8 billion rubles. Today we discussed issues of cooperation with Yuri Shuleiko [Brest Oblast Governor Yuri Shuleiko], we plan to hold the seventh joint meeting in Brest in October – November. I think the agenda will change significantly given the international situation,” the governor said.

Igor Kobzev added that the trade already exceeded $138 million. “Today we would like to consider a number of proposals from the regions which we believe will have real impact. The East Siberian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has implemented a joint virtual trading house project with the Brest branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We believe that not only Brest, but also other regions of the Republic of Belarus might want to join this project. A virtual trading house is part of import substitution efforts, but the work is done in a more detailed format,” the governor said.

According to him, fair trade is gaining ground. “No less than 15 of our municipalities have already joined. I must say right away that the Belarusian diaspora numbers more than 14,000 people, and we believe that this fact will also have a positive impact on bilateral cooperation. Our Taltsy Museum of Local Lore and the Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle are planning to launch an exhibition of a Belarusian mansion. It will be a true masterpiece, we will not create it from scratch, it will be an existing product. The Belarusian Culture Days are also important for us. We already have cooperation agreements between regions. I believe that cooperation at the local level, that is, between rural settlements, can help promote tourism and agrotourism,” said Igor Kobzev.

The Governor of Irkutsk Oblast also spoke about import substitution. “To date, we have only replaced 24 of the 45 types of imported products. And we invite our Belarusian partners to consider joining our import substitution effort,” concluded Igor Kobzev.

Jennifer C. Burleigh