In autumn, by order of the President of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Petro Poroshenko, the second forum of the regions of Ukraine and Belarus is planned in Zhytomyr.
On 26 March, the chairman of the regional state administration Mr. Ihor Hundych, the chairman of the regional council Mr. Volodymyr Shyrma and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Ukraine H.E. Mr. Ihor Sokol discussed the achievements and the results of the first forum, as well as the preparation for the next one.
“It is a great honour for us to hold an event of this level, so we will try to arrange it at a high standard. Now we already have some ideas, we choose the venue. On 25 April, we plan to hold an inter-regional group”, – Mr. Hundych.
According to Mr. Sokol, the first forum of the regions has been already yielding results: in the first months after the event the increase in trade turnover in the surrounding regions amounted to 140-160%.
The Ambassador of Belarus handed over to the chairman of the regional state administration the materials on preparation for the first forum in order to see the general concept of the event, as well as invited business representatives of Zhytomyr region to the investment forums in Gomel and Brest in May.
Participants of the meeting also discussed economic cooperation, as the Republic of Belarus is one of the largest foreign economic partners of Zhytomyr region. Export-import operations for 2018 amounted to 14.4% of the total turnover of the region, which is USD 171.8 million.