The speaker of the upper house of Belarus' parliament reviewed the Third Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on June 14 at a meeting of the eleventh session of the Council of the Republic.
The participants concluded 39 agreements at government level. The economic effect of the meeting is commercial contracts valued at more than $300 million.
The parties believe that the agreements will not remain on paper. Monitoring their implementation will be parliamentarians of the two countries. Now the senators' task is to build a more productive relationship with the upper house of the Russian parliament.
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Representatives of political and business elite had a great opportunity to socialize, review joint projects and conclude new agreements and contracts. This was facilitated by a unique meeting with the Prime Minister of our country bringing together Belarusian and Russian governors, the chairmen of the upper chambers of the parliaments of our countries. This was a frank conversation. It concerned culture of communication and economic problems.
Today's session of the Council of the Republic reviewed about 15 questions. The senators approved amendments to some laws on the fight against terrorism. For example, they are complemented by a norm on state response.
Today, the upper chamber ratified a number of international agreements. In particular, they concern cooperation with Pakistan, Armenia, Ecuador, as well as the expansion of travel services exports to China. The improvement of the law on visa-free group tourist travels will help achieve the necessary goals.
In addition, the upper chamber members approved amendments to the draft law on the sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population. They concern the tightening of product storage conditions and generally create a hygienic environment in farmsteads.
Nikolai Kazarovets, chairman of the Standing Committee on Education, Science, Culture and Social Development of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
We have set requirements in the provision of agro- and eco-services in the field of tourism, we have outlined set some new expiration dates and conditions of food storage. I can say that the chief sanitary doctor of the Republic of Belarus and his deputies are given big powers in order to increase the effectiveness of supervision over the quality of foods coming to our Belarusian markets.