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The second meeting of the Exporters Council was held at the National Centre for Marketing

On July 19, 2018 the second meeting of the Exporters Council was held at the National Centre for Marketing with a live broadcast to the regional branches of the Centre.

About 30 representatives of the largest export-oriented enterprises and organizations of the Republic of Belarus took part in this business event.

In his opening speech the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Yeudachenka noted the positive dynamics of Belarusian exports: «The growth trend of Belarusian exports has been maintained since the end of 2016 due to the recovery of world markets and the increase of prices for some commodity items. It is notable that many Belarusian enterprises were able to take advantage of the current situation». According to his figures, the export of goods for the first five months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 increased by 21.8% and by $ 2.4 billion in value terms, about $ 1.4 billion of which was achieved by non-oil exports. Deputy Head of the Division for Coordination of Foreign Economic Activities - Head of the Export Promotion Division of the Foreign Economic Activity Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yaroslav Mitskevich stressed the importance for Belarus of increasing the number of markets and balanced distribution of exports in three key areas: the EAEU (according to the results of five months of 2018, the share of the union in Belarusian exports was 41.9 %), the EU (32.8 %) and other countries (25.3 %). Mr. Mitskevich said that one of the effective mechanisms for supporting exports is to create free trade zones and mentioned as an example the corresponding agreement with Vietnam, which allowed to increase exports to this country. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the work in this direction continues: in May 2018, agreements were signed with Iran and China, and negotiations with Singapore, India, Egypt and Israel are being actively conducted.

The Director of the National Centre for Marketing Valery Sadokho highlighted the activities of the Centre for supporting Belarusian exports. In particular he invited enterprises to register on the Portal Export.by – an electronic showcase of Belarusian goods and services, as well as to get acquainted with the useful information for exporters posted on the Portal.

Participants of the meeting discussed the proposals of Belarusian enterprises on measures to support exports. Among the current issues is the improvement of financial mechanisms, including export crediting, participation in international exhibition events, and certification issues.