A session of the International Trading Club took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 19. Dmitriy Klevzhits, the director of the National Agency of Investment and Privatization, delivered a report on the competitive advantages of Belarusian economy. Hi-Tech Park, pharmaceutics and biotechnologies, and renewable energy sources were named as the priority areas for foreign direct investment. Mr Klevzhits also gave presentation the VII Belarusian Investment Forum which is to take place in Minsk on November 15-16.
Aleksandr Gurianov, deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, informed the participants of the session about the results of the country’s foreign trade in January-August, presented forecast of export growth in 2013 and the first results of of the Common Economic Area work. In particular, the three countries – Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia – have signed 17 basic agreements, adopted 31 common technical regulations, and formed more than 50% of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The Court of the Eurasian Economic Community is established in Minsk. In January-August the trade turnover between the three countries reached USD 31bln.
The session was attended by Liliya Koval, the vice-chairman of the Minsk Capital Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers.