"Africa. Export Prospects" business seminar

"Africa. Export Prospects" business seminar has been held in Minsk. It has become the first event organized by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the School of Export project. The new project will take into account all export destinations and will train all kinds of export specialists, from top managers to those working at exhibition stands.

The business seminar "Africa. Export Prospects" was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas, the BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich, heads of the diplomatic and consular establishments of Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, South Africa in the Republic of Belarus, representatives of about 200 Belarusian enterprises and organizations.

The African market is of great promise for Belarus, Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas said. "This is the market of the future. We need to study and understand it. The fact that the BelCCI brings together all the partners in this effort is very important," he added.

The Deputy Foreign Minister underlined that the business seminar is meant to promote Belarusian manufacturers in Africa, to make the work of domestic exporters in Africa even more effective.

Vladimir Ulakhovich pointed to great prospects for Belarusian companies in the export of goods and services and setting up joint assembly plants together with African countries. "We have a solid background which is primarily based on the promotion of mechanical engineering products. There are other examples, however. We have made headway in mineral extraction in Africa, in food exports, and developing our services. Education, healthcare, petrochemistry, agricultural technologies – these things make part of our portfolio," the BelCCI Chairman remarked.

He pointed to certain sticking points in cooperation with African countries, primarily with logistics and motivation of domestic companies. "Branching out into Africa is probably a difficult decision. We do realize this. This is why, on the one hand, our task is to encourage our companies and inform them about the instruments of support provided by the BelCCI, the Development Bank, Beleximgarant, and our diplomatic missions abroad. On the other hand, we need to demonstrate some positive examples," Vladimir Ulakhovich stressed.

The seminar participants were provided with the necessary information on how to branch out into the markets of Africa and promote Belarusian goods and services, including the aspects of operation in African countries. The participants also learned more about the mechanisms of government support for domestic exports and considered practical matters related with exports to Africa during panel discussions with representatives of diplomatic missions and consulates of African countries in Belarus, and Belarusian companies selling products into Africa. 

27 march