Belarus Invites UK to Open Pharma Enterprise


Belarus invites the UK to open a pharmaceutical enterprise and an enterprise to make charging stations for electric cars in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone. The possibilities were discussed as Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus Fionna Gibb.

The meeting touched upon bilateral cooperation and the implementation of joint projects. Mikhail Myasnikovich assumed the British side may be interested in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone where resident companies are offered very attractive economic terms. Mikhail Myasnikovich suggested considering the possibility of setting up a British company or a joint venture to make medications. Such a company would enjoy good access to the Eurasian Economic Union market. Both sides have the necessary competences. “This way one could successfully trade in the Eurasian economic space as a whole,” the head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament believes.

The Belarusian side is interested in advancing cooperation with the UK in the sphere of biotechnologies, precision mechanics and optics, electric transport.

As for charging stations, it may be a good idea to start making them in Belarus, for instance, in the China-Belarus industrial park,

Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

Mikhail Myasnikovich drew attention to the growing volume of Belarus-UK trade. “And not only in specific goods,” the speaker said while referring to oil products. “Trade in other commodity groups has nearly doubled. It means our companies work together rather actively.” He also suggested stepping up cooperation in science, technology, and education.

The UK ambassador’s diplomatic mission in Belarus is nearly over. Mikhail Myasnikovich thanked Fionna Gibb for her work. He noted that serious positive changes had happened in the Belarus-UK dialogue in the time of her work in the country. Interparliamentary cooperation was no exception. The head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament reminded that a British delegation visited Belarus in May 2018. The visit truly fixed many issues and enhanced the trust of the parties, Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

Mikhail Myasnikovich went on saying:

We expect that apart from the bilateral dialogue we will see support for Belarus at international platforms. We are an open country trying to pursue a multiple-vector policy. We would like it to be noticed and duly appreciated. We don’t make friends against someone. As an open-economy country we have to build equal and kind relations with everyone.

British MPs also speak highly of results of last year’s visit to Belarus. Fionna Gibb said that debates about contacts with a number of countries had taken place in the British parliament several days before. Belarus was mentioned. The MPs who have been here on a visit spoke about positive advancement of bilateral relations.