Armenian, Belarusian Entrepreneurs To Gather In Yerevan This Fall Fo

ARMENIAN, BELARUSIAN ENTREPRENEURS TO GATHER IN YEREVAN THIS FALL FOR FORUM

YEREVAN, July 16. /ARKA/

Yerevan will host an Armenian-Belarusian business forum this fall,
Armenian National Assembly Vice-speaker Eduard Sharmazanov said
Tuesday at a news conference summarizing the results of a session of
Armenian-Belarusian Inter-parliamentary Commission held from July 7
to 14 in Minsk.

He said representatives of the Belarusian Commerce and Industry Chamber
and entrepreneurs will travel to Yerevan in September or October to
attend the event.

Sharmazanov said that both Armenian and Belarusian lawmakers stressed
that trade and economic relations between the two nations are lagging
behind their political dialogue.

“To fill this gap it was decided to establish a sub-commission as
part of the inter-parliamentary commission for developing trade and
economic ties between the countries,” he added.

The vice-speaker also said that Armenian and Belarusian legislators
also discussed ways to establish a free economic zone for the two
countries in Brest.

Martin Sargsyan, MP from the Republican Party of Armenia and a member
of the Armenian-Belarusian Inter-parliamentary Commission, on his side,
said that representatives of nongovernmental organizations interested
in development of Armenia-Belarus trade and economic relations will
be included in the sub-commission as well.

He also said that necessary preparations are being made now to
establish the Commerce House of Armenia in Belarus.

“Armenia is interesting for Belarus for it is a member of the
World Trade Organization, and Belarus is interesting for Armenia
because it is a member of the Customs Union,” he said. “It means
Armenian-Belarusian joint enterprises will have access to many
markets.”

According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, Armenia’s
trade turnover with Belarus amounted to $20.1 million in Jan-May 2013
after growing 19.7%, compared with the same period a year before.

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