Minsk to host investment forum for Changchun businessmen in 2011

14 March 2011

MINSK (BelTA) – An investment forum for representatives of business circles of the Chinese city Changchun will take place in Minsk in 2011, Minsk Mayor Nikolai Ladutko told media after meeting with an official delegation of Changchun on 14 March.

“At the meeting we decided to hold an investment forum for business circles of Changchun. All possible ways of cooperation will be discussed at the event,” said the Minsk Mayor. He did not rule out the possibility of holding a similar forum in China.

Speaking about prospects of developing the joint technological cluster that had been created at premises of the Belarusian National Technical University, Nikolai Ladutko remarked that practical implementation of the project can use the industrial capacity of Minsk. “In Changchun there is a group of major companies that manufacture metro and railway cars, automobiles (famous Western Europe car brands). We don’t make such products. Cooperation in this area can be discussed, too,” said the Minsk Mayor.

The official said that the visit had been organized as part of the agreements reached during the Belarus President’s visit to China in October 2010. The visit of the Belarusian head of state gave a new boost to the bilateral mutually beneficial relations. Working on the instructions given to Minsk City Hall, we’ve held negotiations with Changchun’s official delegation today and we have determined future measures to step up cooperation,” said Nikolai Ladutko.

Led by Sui Zhongcheng, First Vice Mayor of Changchun Municipal People’s Government, Changchun’s official delegation is supposed to stay in Minsk on 13-15 March.

Changchun is a twin city of Minsk. The former is home to 7.6 million residents. The Changchun province is home to 26.4 million people. The city boasts advanced science, automobile manufacturing (licensed from Germany and Japan) and optical instrument making. Changchun is China’s third largest and most important city in China’s north-east.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus