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On February 1, 2018, the meeting in the videoconference format with the Embassy of Belarus in Australia was held.

1 February

On February 1, 2018, the meeting in the videoconference format with the Embassy of Belarus in Australia was held.

The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protectection Andrey Khmel, the Head of Asia, Austria and Oceania Department of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs Sergey Terentiev, the Head of the Main Department of Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Industry Leonid Ryzhkovsky, the Main Specialist of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Education Inna Khatkevich as well as the representatives of Belarusian enterprises took part in the conference. 

In the framework of the meeting the issues of intensification of trade and economic relations with Australia were discussed. Sergey Terentiev highlighted that Belarusian export in the previous year had increased 5 times compared with 2016 but the major part of the deliveries was represented by potash fertilizers. The Ambassador of Belarus to Australia Viktar Shykh informed that export without taking in consideration potash fertilizers almost reached $ 2 million, which is twice higher than in the previous period. The fact that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has upgraded Belarusian rating in the country risk classifications, moving it from group 7 to 6, has positive impact on the relationship between two countries. Positive tendencies are also noticed in the bank sphere: Commonwealth Bank and ANZ group lifted the ban on payments from Belarus that had been introduced in support of EU and USA sanctions (cancelled in 2016).

Viktar Shykh highlighted the pragmatic character of the Australian people and encouraged Belarusian exporters to enter the market with concrete proposals and projects. Businessmen in Australia prefer not to spend time on protocol meetings and to work with those partners who make profitable offers and demonstrate their advantages.

According to the Embassy, Australian market is a promising one for Belarusian export. Australia is one of the major world importers and the market of the country has some vacant positions for Belarusian goods, taking of which requires a large-scale preparatory work. The growth of interest in Belarusian toys, natural wood parquet, furniture, metal products from the Australian side was noticed by the Embassy.

The employees of the Embassy answered the questions of the participants of the event regarding access to the market of Australia and working in it. The Ambassador of Belarus to Australia Viktar Shykh offered Belarusian enterprises to contact the Embassy directly for assistance in case of any problems.