Mogilev Region Governor Boris Batura and France’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belarus Mrs. Mireille Musso have met in Mogilev Wednesday to discuss the prospects of promoting co-operation, Interfax reports.
Conversing with the ambassador, the governor said he was grateful for the assistance French charities have been providing to the Chernobyl-affected territories of Mogilev Region and the chance they offer for Mogilev children to go to France for rehabilitation.
The governor reminded they signed co-operation agreement with France’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais back in 1997.
In turn, Ambassador Musso reported it was her first trip to Mogilev Region since she arrived in Belarus in January 2007.
The diplomat said she would formulate France’s business proposals to Belarus after making a more detailed survey of the economic situation in Mogilev Region. She informed, she has been to Belarus on a fact-finding mission for French business circles willing to develop economic ties with Belarus.
Ambassador Musso also said she very much appreciates the level of cultural relations between France and Belarus, when it comes to the rehabilitation of Chernobyl children. In her words, she will arrive in Mogilev in June to hand in person entry visa to children of Mogilev heading for France this year for health rehabilitation courses.
The value of transactions between France and Mogilev Region in 2006 stood at $8.4 million, with Mogilev’s exports reaching $2.1 million. France’s share in Mogilev’s foreign trade totals less than 1%.
Here are Mogilev’s exports to France: furniture (around 60%), timber and saw timber, veneers and chipboards – 22%, tyres – 17%.
France comes as a country of origin of the following commodities imported by Mogilev: power generators – 36%, juices – 19%, lubricants, cars, refrigerating equipment.