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Belarus celebrates 25th Anniversary of Independence

On July 28 2016 Mr. Andrei Molchan, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus hosted a reception to celebrate the Independence Day of Belarus.

Belarus celebrate its 25th Anniversary of the Independence and in this time Ambassador Molchan said that the country has passed a difficult but successful path of development. "Belarusians do not blame or deny their past. We have chosen evolutionary transformation, aimed at peace, security and tolerance. Belarus has preserved all the best inherited from the Soviet Union, and significantly increased its potential, turned itself into a modern industrial and agricultural country with advanced and yet free Education and Healthcare systems.

Photo: Ambassador Andrei Molchan and Mr. Andries Nel, Deputy  Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of SA toasting to the National Day of Belarus

In his speech Ambassador Molchan spoke about strengthening relations between Belarus and Southern African countries noting that over the past two to three years these countries have grown closer together than at any time in the history of their relations.

"Working together with our friends in other SADC countries we’ve discovered a vast range of opportunities in many spheres. We’ve developed and began implementation of comprehensive “road maps” of cooperation with Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe. With all those countries we can recently see a high dynamic of political dialogue, raise of bilateral trade, implementation of joint projects." He said that Belarus is ready to share with Southern African countries its knowledge, experience and technologies especially in machine building, agriculture, health, defense, border control, science, health and education. He was confident that these partnerships, despite the distance, will be fruitful and successful.

Speech by Mr. Andrei Molchan, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus

I welcome all of you at the reception on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Belarus. Over those years the country has passed a difficult but successful path of development.

Belarusians do not blame or deny their past. We have chosen evolutionary transformation, aimed at peace, security and tolerance. Belarus has preserved all the best inherited from the Soviet Union, and significantly increased its potential, turned itself into a modern industrial and agricultural country with advanced and yet free Education and Healthcare systems.

In spite of the global economic turmoil which has affected Belarusian industry and export, the socio-economic situation remains stable and manageable. Unemployment rate has not exceeded 1 %. According to the UN Human Development Index, Belarus is a country with high human development and keeps its 50th position. In the World Bank's ranking “Doing the Business, 2016” Belarus has reached 44th position. We are among the 30 most developed countries with the highest level of educational development.
Belarus continues to hold leading regional and world positions in vehicle and machinery engineering, agriculture, information technologies, in the production of optic and laser devices, medical equipment, fertilizers, chemicals.

We have reached national food security and became the major food, especially milk and meat products, exporter in the world.

The priority for Belarus foreign policy is a peace-loving multi-vector international relations. Belarus is an active and responsible member of the UN and strives for its contribution to the solution of global issues. That is why, in particular, the capital city Minsk has been chosen as a place for the peace negotiations on the Ukraine situation.

As an Ambassador of Belarus in 5 Southern African states I’m glad to see growing interest of those nations in cooperation with my country.

Obviously, as a country of residence, South Africa takes a lead in this process. Minsk and Pretoria have the most diversified relations among countries of sub-Sahara Africa which include established intergovernmental committees, wide legal framework, variety of fields of cooperation, trade and economic ties. Now we’re preparing for the next round of political consultations and session of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Commission which will take place here till the end of this year. By the way according to the Belarusian customs data in 2015, the trade between two our countries for the first time exceeded 120 million US dollars mostly due to the South African fruit exporters.
Last year we focused on establishment of direct ties between South African and Belarusian provinces. One by one we involved the Free State, Eastern Cape, North West in inter-regional activity. I’m glad to inform you that as a result of our joint efforts, last month the first 44 students from the Free State arrived in Minsk to study Agriculture and IT in Belarusian universities.

More and more companies, business, farmers and industrial associations and confederations of both countries are interested in mutually beneficial cooperation. Together we started to work on joint initiatives in agriculture, industry. We propose to build in South Africa its own production of tractors and trucks based on our know-how and technology.

In the light of forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio I must mention strengthening relations between National Olympic Committee of Belarus and SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.
 
Working together with our friends in other SADC countries we’ve discovered a vast range of opportunities in many spheres. We’ve developed and began implementation of comprehensive “road maps” of cooperation with Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe. With all those countries we can recently see a high dynamic of political dialogue, raise of bilateral trade, implementation of joint projects.

I’m proud to say that just for the last 2 – 3 years Belarus and Southern African states have become much closer to each other than decades before. I’m very optimistic that this positive trend will continue.

Belarus is ready to share with Southern African countries its knowledge, experience and technologies especially in machine building, agriculture, health, defense, border control, science, health and education.

I am confident that our partnership, in spite of the distance, will be fruitful and successful.

And in the conclusion I’d like to thank our sponsors which represent the leading Belarusian companies here in South Africa for assistance in organizing this event. These are the company “BelAZ Africa”, which successfully deals with the biggest mining trucks BELAZ, and one of the largest software and IT company “IBA Group”.

 


 
 
 
 

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