Belarus’ delegation in Czech Republic on a visit

The 3rd session of the Belarusian-Czech mixes commission for economic, industrial and sci-tech cooperation will take place in Prague on 5-6 May, announced  the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

The sides are expected to look into a wide range of issues concerning bilateral cooperation in engineering, energy and gas, transport, agriculture and food industries, standardization and metrology, sci-tech and innovation area, discuss the state and development prospects of the legal framework, and other issues of mutual interest.

Sessions of the task groups for cooperation in engineering, sci-tech and innovations sectors will be held as part of the work of the commission.

The co-chairs of the commission, Valery Voronetsky and Milan Hovorka, are expected to meet to discuss further development of Belarusian-Czech trade, economic, investment and scientific-technical cooperation.

In 2010 trade between Belarus and the Czech Republic totaled $407.1 million, up 37.1% over 2009. Belarusian exports reached $90.2 million (up 53.6%). In January-March 2011 trade reached $109.3 million, up 67.3% from the same period of 2010. Exports amounted to $22.4 million (down 3.6%), imports - $86.9 million (up 97.2%). Belarus’ major exports to the Czech Republic are potash fertilizers, spare parts for trucks and tractors, stranded wire made of iron or steel without insulation, non alloy steel wire, synthetic filament yarn, tractors, insulated wires, cables, pipes, seamless tubes and profiles of iron or steel.

The main imports from the Czech Republic are electrical appliances, machinery and equipment of various modifications, ethylene and propylene polymers, liquid pumps, steel, ferrous metals, computers for information processing, cars, pipe accessories, drugs.

In Belarus there are 80 enterprises with the Czech capital, including 44 joint venture and 36 foreign enterprises. In 2002-2010 Belarus raised $192.9 million in Czech investments, including $20.4 million in 2010 (up 13.4%). Of them $4.7 million were direct investments, and $15.7 million were loans.

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