Belarus, Italy sign agreements in science, education, culture

Belarus and Italy intend to expand relations in science and technology, education and culture. This intention is envisaged in three Belarus-Italy intergovernmental agreements concluded in Trieste on 10 June.

The documents were signed by Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov and his Italian counterpart Franco Frattini. The bilateral talks took place as part of the annual meeting of the Central European Initiative Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

The agreement in science and technology area creates legal framework for long-term cooperation between scientific and production organizations of the two countries including opportunities and conditions for sharing sci-tech information. The document envisages establishment of a joint commission for Belarus-Italy cooperation in science and technology.

The agreement on cooperation in education provides for an opportunity to establish direct contacts between general education and vocational schools, universities of Belarus and Italy. The agreement stipulates an exchange of students.

An intergovernmental agreement on cultural cooperation defines legal framework and priorities in cultural relations. The document makes it possible to open cultural centers on the territory of the other party to the agreement, establish joint commissions for Belarus-Italy cooperation in culture.

Sergei Martynov also signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of the Italian industrial district in Brest Oblast. The document had earlier been signed by Italian Minister of Economic Development Paolo Romani.

The memorandum sets out maximum favorable conditions for attracting Italian investors in Belarusian projects, priorities for production within the Italian industrial district. The document defines the Italian industrial zone in Brest as a transport and logistics center for cargo transshipment and transit between Europe, Customs Union and China in the offing.

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