On the 26th of March, CERBA together with the Embassy of Belarus in Canada held an online conference entitled "Doing business with Belarus - Agriculture, Food Processing, Green Technologies, and Machinery.
The official status of the event was confirmed by the presence of Mr. Oleg Kravchenko, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Igor Brylo, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus.
Mr. Richard Tarasofsky, the Deputy Director of Eastern Europe and Eurasia Division at Global Affairs Canada; Ms. Kasia Jarmola, the trade Commissioner of Canada in Russia, Belarus, Moldova; and Mr. Francis Dorsemaine, Commercial Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at Embassy of Canada to Poland represented Canada at the official level.
Discussions were moderated by:
• Mr. Evgeny Russak, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Belarus in Canada
• Ms. Marina Belskikh, Regional director of CERBA in Montreal and Ottawa
• Mr. Dominique Pion, Canadian lawyer
Discussions covered such topics as business development opportunities in Belarus and practical guidance for doing business in Belarus.
Program of the conference is available for downloading here.
A recording of the conference is available on CERBA YouTube channel.
Links to download the slides of the presentations are included below.
PART 1. Business development opportunities in Belarus
Opportunities for cooperation in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Mr. Igor Brylo, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus.
Public Procurement Procedures in Belarus. National Centre for Marketing as a provider of consulting services in procurement. Mr. Valery Sadokho, Director, National Centre for Marketing of Belarus.
PART 2. Practical guidance for doing business in Belarus
The success story of VALMETAL Group. Mr. Dominic Poisson and Mr. Andrey Semin, Sales Managers at VALMETAL Group.
Forms of legal presence and taxation in Belarus. Mr. Sergey Odintsov, Head of Tax and Legal Department at SCHNEIDER Group in Minsk.
Renewable energy transport solutions. Mr. Carm Sciglitano, General Sales Manager and Business Development Manager at ACS Logistics.
Legal aspects of doing business in Belarus. Mr. Tim Theroux, Lawyer at Dentons.
Participants were also granted a possibility to request practical advice from numerous distinguished guests:
Mr. Donald Olsen (Canada), Director of Business Development and Sales in Africa & Europe Department at Canadian Commercial Corporation
Mr. Aarij Bashir (Canada), Trade and Relations Officer at Government of Alberta
Ms. Valentina Komova (Belarus), Lawyer at Law Office “Stepanovsky, Papakul and Partners” in Minsk
Mr. Robert Kay (Canada), Corporate director of Migao Corporation in Belarus
Mr. Alexey Alekseychik (Belarus), Chief marketing officer at Belarusian Holding “BOBRUISKAGROMASH”
Mr. Alexandre Rudavin (Canada), President at Polistar Clean Energy Inc.
Mr. Alexander Kavaliou (Canada), President and CEO of European Natural Solutions Inc.
Ms. Olena Peleshok (Ukraine), Director of Lozova Machinery Inc.
Mr. Ivan Sukhov (Russia), Chief specialist of international department at Russian agricultural bank
Dr. Patrick Cortbaoui (Canada), Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, McGill University
As participants of the conference "Doing business with Belarus" raised discussion on procurement procedures, green technologies, livestock genetics, and livestock technologies in Belarus, Chargé d'affaires of Belarus in Canada, Mr. Evgeny Russak, has provided more detailed answers to the following questions:
- What are the plans of the Belarusian government regarding its green economy in the near future?
- What Canadian companies are registered on the procurement website icetrade.by? What Canadian or western companies made successful sales through this website? Are there any other procurement websites in Belarus?
- Is there an official regulation on tender management?
- What role does the Center of marketing play in the procurement system of Belarus?
- Are there any livestock genetics and livestock technology companies active in Belarus? Any programs in this field?
Follow the link to know the answers to the questions raised
Additionally, we invite you to check our updates on Belarus on social media.
For further CERBA support in Belarus, please, contact our regional directors.