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3rd Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: Day 1 summary

Minsk continues to host the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions on June 8, which is the second day of the event.  It is expected that the presidents of Belarus and Russia will partake in the forum.

Almost 400 officials from Russia headed to Minsk. Here and prominent businessmen, senators and governors. Businesses from Russia and Belarus first of all focus on mutual commercial benefit. Chairman of the Belarusian parliament's upper chamber Mikhail Myasnikovich met with his Russian counterpart Valentina Matviyenko and voiced a concrete figure - 40 new agreements and contracts worth $300 million.

Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
We are building an equal and respectful relationship and we respect the decisions taken by the Russian Federation in its cooperation with third countries.

Valentina Matviyenko, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation: 
We are open and willing to cooperate with other integration associations, with other states provided this cooperation is equal and on condition that this cooperation respects our interests and is mutually beneficial.     

The portfolios of Minsk and Moscow mayors include about 50 projects in trade, R&D and cultural spheres for two years ahead.

In 2017, Belarus will mark the 500th anniversary of Belarusian book printing.  From around the world, experts are collecting the works of Francysk Skaryna, and it is Russia who is helping this cause.    

Sergey Rybakov, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Science, Education and Culture of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation: 
We need to work together to make Belarus a place where you can not only relax but also an informative destination, which would include more sightseeing spots, because I'm personally very fond of such tourism.     

Sanatoriums is also an area in which Belarusians can share their experience with Russians. In health care, the two countries are mulling over common pharmaceutical space. Pharmacies of Belarus and Russia sell drugs of both Russian and Belarusian origin.

Lyudmila Kozlova, deputy chairwoman of the committee on social policy of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly:
We are working on the harmonization of transition to GMP and GCP principles in healthcare.

Specially timed to the forum is the international exhibition BelAgro 2016. This year it is taking place at the airport Minsk-1 and brings together more than 500 companies from 20 countries, which is a record number of participants. In addition to showcasing of the latest achievements of the agricultural sector, seminars will be held, which theme will be online sales of products and satellite monitoring of farm machinery operations.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to speak at a plenary session today. He is also set to meet Vladimir Putin. The Presidents will discuss topical issues of the bilateral agenda, integration processes, as well as international problems in the Palace of Independence.

Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions: Day 1 summary