Minsk, Changchun to promote business ties

17 June 2014

MINSK (BelTA) – Minsk and China's Changchun have plans to expand business contacts, Minsk Deputy Mayor Igor Karpenko told reporters following his meeting with First Deputy Secretary of the Changchun Municipal Party Committee Zheng Wenzhi on 17 June, BelTA has learnt.

“Minsk and Changchun signed a long-term cooperation program set to run until 2020. Today we have signed a letter of intent that specifies some points of the program. We plan to conduct two business forums for business communities of Minsk and Changchun. These events will give businessmen an opportunity to discuss the details of concrete projects. Business forums will help strengthen the economic foundation of our cooperation. We are set to conduct joint events in culture, sport and tourism,” Igor Karpenko said.

Zheng Wenzhi suggested stepping up cooperation in the youth policy. Igor Karpenko upheld this suggestion and noted that education is another promising cooperation avenue. “The Chinese language is getting increasingly popular in Minsk. There are universities, gymnasiums and schools where this language is studied. We can consider internships of Chinese students at Belarusian universities and internships of Belarusian students in China,” Igor Karpenko said.

The Changchun delegation will stay in Minsk for several days. The delegates are expected to visit the Free Economic Zone Minsk, industrial companies and museums. The Chinese delegation will meet with senior officials of the Minsk City Hall.

Minsk and Changchun have been twin towns for 22 years already. Changchun is one of the biggest cities in China's northeast. The city boasts well-developed manufacturing, science, automotive industry and optics. About eight million people live there.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus