September 26-28, 2018, Minsk
The first Canadian Trade Mission to Belarus took place on September 26-28, 2018 in Minsk organized by CERBA (Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association) with the support of Global Affairs of Canada and Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Belarus. The SCHNEIDER GROUP Minsk office had the honor of supporting the visit of the delegation to Belarus as a Partner.
The briefing by SCHNEIDER GROUP covered the business environment and information on how to enter and be successful in the Belarusian market.
During the Canadian-Belarusian Business Forum held on September 27, 2018 in the National Library of Belarus, the Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada, Stefanie Beck commented on this historical visit: “…as a response to the progress of business and investment environment in Belarus. The mission is to deepen and strengthen bilateral economic relations between Canada and Belarus, and to get the common understanding of trade opportunities between the countries. Canada may definitely take the advantage of the network of existing relations of Belarus with neighboring countries, and the skilled labor force in Belarus”. In the interview to the national Belarusian TV channel ONT, Sebastian Dakin, Regional Director Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association – CERBA – commented that Belarus is a country with a developed manufacturing industry, but has to promote its potential more actively abroad.
“Belarus in its turn could use the technologies in forestry, ICT, agro-food industries, industrial machinery, as well as in mining certainly, as Canada is globally recognized as one of the world’s leading mining nations. Canadian mining companies operate in more than 100 countries.” – commented Francis Dorsemaine, Senior Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada in Poland, during his presentation about Canada as a prospective trade partner for Belarus.
During the business forum around 50 Belarusian companies listened to presentations of companies such as Bombardier, BlackBerry, Positron, CanRos, Delcreda, and Valmetal, as well as conducted B2B talks afterwards.
The program included a visit to BELAZ, The Belarusian-Chinese Industrial Park “Great Stone”, Swiss-Belarusian Joint Venture “Stadler”, and the High Tech Park.