Increase positions in traditional markets and developing new ones. Belarusian diplomats working around the world now face such tasks. On June 11 Minsk hosted a meeting of heads of diplomatic missions and consular institutions of Belarus. The topic of foreign economic activity became the priority one.
Today Belarus maintains diplomatic relations with almost two hundred countries. Among the key partners are neighbors. First of all, Russia and CIS countries. The second most important neighbor and trading partner is the EU. Belarus also has some prospects in cooperation with states in America, Asia and even Africa.
Recently, Belarus has set up an assembly facility for agricultural equipment in Argentina.
Viktor Kozintsev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in Argentina:
These days, about 60-70 forage harvesters are working in the fields of Argentina. I believe that this is a very right way: to stay in the country and thus to promote your products.
While the Argentina market is not easy to reach (it is captured by multinational companies) European partners are long-standing and promising.
The European Union is the second most important market for Belarusian exports. Over the past decade, trade has increased by 10 times. The emphasis is now made on the development of inter-regional relations.
Pavel Latushko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the French Republic:
We have renewed active contacts between traditional partners - this is Clermont-Ferrand and Gomel, Lyon and Minsk. By the way, we are planning to hold the first Belarusian-French regional forum.
Alexander Mikhnevich, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of Belgium:
It is regions who first of all wish to develop cooperation with Belarus. They are interested in our environmentally friendly products, our recycled raw materials, our furniture.
Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
A very long-lasting problem is to attract FDI and improve its quality and the efficiency of the use of these funds.
Belarus and China don't have problems in the investment cooperation. And this, by the way, is the merit of the two presidents. Governors follow suit and are establishing links between their provinces. An agreement has been recently reached to establish a plant to assemble agricultural equipment in Belarus. There is interest in food supplies too.
Valery Matsel, Consul General of the Republic of Belarus in Shanghai:
We are actively working on the promotion of Belarusian meat products - beef - to the market, first of all, in Jiangsu Province.
Belarus has diplomatic relations with 174 countries. Each region requires Belarusian diplomats and economists to take into account local specificity. For example, not only Belarusian machinery is supplied to South Africa. Belarus' experience in the construction of agro-towns could be well used there. Our country is also ready to assist Egypt in projects for irrigation and the development of new agricultural lands.
Andrei Molchan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of South Africa:
Many needs that exist in the countries of that region are in line with our capabilities. Take the same Belarusian equipment: tractors and special road construction equipment.
Sergey Rachkov, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belarus to the Arab Republic of Egypt:
We are increasing exports of hi-tech products of Belarus. These are first of all machines and optical equipment.