Belarus and Finland have confirmed their readiness to cooperate in different directions. This was discussed at the April 13 meeting of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky with the head of the foreign trade ministry of Finland, Kai Mykkänen.
First of all, Belarus proposes to develop joint projects in the energy sector. This area can bring the most lucrative contracts. There are prospects in agriculture and forestry, as well as science and technology.
Vasily Matyushevsky, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
Today for Finnish business Belarus is not just a relatively small Belarusian market, but it is also the possibility of free access to the EEU market. Energy can be one of the important directions of our cooperation. Taking into account the planned launch of the first unit of the Belarusian NPP in 2018, cooperation in this area is promising for both sides.
Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland:
The visit to Belarus is not an accident. In 2016, we conducted a large business forum in Gomel, which was attended by a record number of businessmen. Belarus has good performance in international business rankings; it is in many respects the key factor in the decision to enter your market.
This is the first such visit of a Finnish delegation to Belarus, which could open up new ways of cooperating. As noted by the parties, the turnover should be increased. Finland delivers to Belarus food products, paper and equipment. Belarus exports timber, products of ferrous metals and steel products.