Days of Minsk in Belgrade: Cooperation between TV channels, electric buses and business forum

Days of Minsk in Belgrade: Cooperation between TV channels, electric buses and business forum

Let's return to the Days of Minsk in Belgrade. It was hot under Serbian sun, while meetings, negotiations, and informal episodes were filled with warmth of friendship.

Belarus and Serbia make moves towards each other not only on the chessboard. The Minsk Days in Belgrade became a continuation of the presidential agreements. The exchange of visits at the highest level has thawed relations between the two countries. Trade has tripled and, judging by the tone of the talks between the mayors Andrei Shorets and Siniša Mali, such economic acceleration is not the limit.

Andrei Shorets, chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee (Minsk Mayor):
Every time we raise a new topic for cooperation. While at first we discussed cultural cooperation more, now we are talking about economy, the transport development of the two cities, the construction and assistance in designing during subway construction.

On the first day, two agreements were signed: one on cooperation between the Oktyabrsky district of Minsk and the Vozdovac municipality of Belgrade and the other on cooperation between Stolichnoe Televidenie company of Belarus and the Serbian television channel Studio B.

An interesting occasion was the 125th anniversary of the launch of the first Belgrade tramcar. Today one can't see such 'old men' on the streets but the Serbian capital intends to seriously update the existing public transport fleet. Belarus has a chance to get green light in this case. This is because of the good reputation of Minsk trolleybuses, which are in abundance in Belgrade. About a hundred of these beauties cruise along the main streets of the Serbian capital.

Yuri Koziyatko:
These are only the first steps! Belarus and Serbia can have many mutually beneficial projects. For this purpose, the Days of Minsk were held in Belgrade.

Having learned that Balkan experts are now testing electric buses from different countries, the Belarusian delegation brought this very vehicle, which is manufactured in Belarus.

The Mayor of Belgrade personally took a ride and became interested in the vehicle's technical characteristics.

The electric bus was presented as an attachment to the business forum. More than a hundred businessmen filled the hall to find their place under the sun of Belarusian-Serbian business days.

Nikola Nikodijević, chairman of the Assembly of Belgrade:
The economic basis is really important for forming cooperation in other spheres. Speaking about specific examples, Belarus produces electric buses, Serbia is currently studying this proposal and, possibly, this partnership will help us reach third markets.

During the days of Minsk, everyone could literally 'taste' Belarus. Serbs are keen eaters, with Serbian cuisine being exquisite and diverse. However, Serbs seemed to find something unusual in Belarusian food, too. They especially appreciated Belarusian sausage and bread.

Valery Brylev is Serbia's new ambassador to Belarus.

Here is an unprecedented diplomatic fact about him: Mr Brylev was allowed to present the Serbian President credentials as soon as the diplomat arrived in Serbia.

Yuri Koziyatko:
On the first day you arrived in Belgrade you presented copies of credentials to the President. This is a unique case. What does this mean?

Valery Brylev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Serbia:
This shows the level of confidence of Serbs towards Belarus and our confidence in Serbs. Serbs, like us, say that a friend in need is a friend indeed. Our relations have been built around this idea for almost 20 years.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Serbs have many reasons to remember Belarus: both joyful and sad. For example, almost 20 years ago in 1999, when NATO aircraft bombed that country, President Lukashenko was the only one who flew into the closed sky to support the Yugoslav people. Broken buildings have remained intact in the center of Belgrade since then. Maybe they been preserved as a warning and a reproach.

The Minsk delegation also honored history during the Days of Minsk in Belgrade. The Belarusian delegation laid wreaths at the monument to Soviet and Yugoslav soldiers who died during the liberation of Belgrade from the German Nazi invaders. In the same place, you can also see the names of three Belarusians who also fought for the peace of what is now the Serbian capital.

By the way, the words "peace" and "world" are one of the key words in today's relations between the two capitals. The Minsk-Mir (Minsk World) complex is being built in Minsk by Serbs, and we heard the same phrase during an informal photo session in historical clothing.

The humorous photo session stressed the absence of excessive pathos in the relations between Belarus and Serbia. The Days of Minsk in Belgrade have passed with good mood. We know that optimism often becomes a battery that fuels important economic and political projects.