Minsk, (SANA) - The first forum of the Syrian-Belarusian Business Council for economic, commercial and tourist cooperation kicked off on Tuesday at the Belarusian capital of Minsk.
The forum was attended by Syrian Minister of Economy and Trade Lamia Assi and Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Pavlovich, with the participation of several Syrian and Belarusian businessmen.
In a speech, Minister Assi affirmed desire for boosting economic and commercial relations between the two countries, underlining the massive efforts exerted in this regard.
She hoped that the Council's forum will result in pushing Syrian-Belarusian cooperation forward and overcoming any obstacles hindering it, noting that the forum allows businessmen to apply signed agreement in reality.
Assi said that relations between the two countries are promising, concluding by pointing out that there are projects for strategic and long-term partnerships between Syrian and Belarusian businessmen in addition to establishing factories in both countries.
For his part, Pavlovich underlined the historic relations between the two countries, saying that President Bashar al-Assad's visit to Belarus is very important in bolstering bilateral relations, which will reflect positively on the Middle East.
The Deputy Prime Minister said he believes that trade exchange between Syria and Belarus can be doubled, noting that Belarus merchandise have become well-known to Syrian consumers as being long-lived and having high quality.
He added that Belarus seeks to cooperate with Syria in investments through the Syrian-Belarus Investment Higher Council.
In turn, Chairman of the Syrian-Belarusian Business Council Riad Hamad affirmed that the forum was a great success as it witnessed a considerable turnout of Syrian and Belarusian businessmen.
He pointed out to the agreements on establishing joint companies between the two sides, hoping to double trade exchange in 2011, in addition to establishing joint partnerships in processing olive oil and a pharmaceuticals factory in Minsk.
The forum discussed various suggestions for establishing joint companies in various fields including electronics, pumps, aerial transport, heavy machinery and tractors.