Israel Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the Republic of Belarus Edward Shapira visited Mogilev today. While opening the meeting with the diplomat, the chairman of Mogilev regional executive committee Peter Rudnick specified that Mogilev- Israel relations has great potential.
“Our countries appear to have much space for co-operation, and there are many directions for us to be of benefit for each other”, - the governor told.
It is a favourable investment climate in the region that promote Israel-Mogilev business contacts. By now Mogilev region has trade relations with 79 countries. Edward Shapira in his turn stressed that in spite of financial crisis, exports of Belarusian goods to Israel in 2009 rose by 90% compared to the previous year.
In 2010 Israel companies think of investing $500 mln into Belarusian economy. For Mogilev region priorities for co-operation lie in the sphere of agriculture. “Our country has much experience in the sphere of agriculture. It is only 1 % of people who are engaged in agricultural activities in Israel, - ambassador told. – But these very people supply the whole country with agricultural production, and export it to other countries. This experience seems to be of interest for Mogilev people. The ambassador added that the first group of Israel businessmen will arrive to Mogilev within two months”.
One more sphere for further business contacts is the sphere of tourism and culture.
Peter Rudnick in his turn stressed that Mogilev region is open for co-operating with Israel in the directions marked. “Right now we are ready to promote implementation of the project aimed at creating modern pharmaceutical production, as well as to suggest Israel air companies to start charter flights to Mogilev. It may open new prospects for developing our relations by means of economic and cultural potential”, - Peter Rudnick specified.