On December 15th the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (the BelCCI) held a meeting of the BelCCI Committee on Exhibition, Fair and Congress Activities.
Dmitry Dichkovsky, Chairperson of the Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of European Lingerie Group, Board member of Vitrum Plus, Vladimir Ulakhovich, BelCCI Chairman, Andrey Shakhanovich, Head of the Exhibition and Fair Activities Department of the BelCCI, Evgeniy Vvedenskiy, Director of Exhibition Unitary Enterprise “Belinterexpo” of the BelCCI, as well as government representatives of the Republic of Belarus took part in the meeting. Almost 100 representatives of Belarusian companies and enterprises watched the meeting online.
In his welcoming address, Vladimir Ulakhovich, BelCCI Chairman, emphasized that exhibition activity is one of the key areas of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The BelCCI will continue to render further support to exporters with their participation in international trade shows.
Andrey Shakhanovich, Head of the Exhibition and Fair Activities Department of the BelCCI, reported that a 2022 schedule of national exhibitions abroad has been elaborated. 13 national pavilions are planned in Brazil, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, India, Iran, Qatar, Kenia, China, Mongolia, UAE, Russia, Turkey and South Korea. It is anticipated that the schedule will be approved by the Council of Ministers by the end of December.
Besides, Andrey Shakhanovich reminded that Belarusian companies have a possibility to get a refund for some of their costs on participation in the exhibitions abroad, which is stipulated by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus No.412 of November 14, 2019 “On Export Support”. This refund is provided once a year after participation in a foreign trade show.
Yaroslav Mitskevich, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Economic Affairs – Head of the Department for Coordination of Foreign Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, reported that in 2021 this opportunity was widely used by institutions of the Ministry of Industry, concern Belgospishcheprom, concern Bellegprom and other institutions. He encouraged state agencies and businesses to make greater use of export support tools in 2022.
Director of “Belinterexpo” of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry marked the recovery of the global exhibition industry and sustained interest of businesses in conventional face-to-face exhibitions despite certain challenges caused by the pandemic and other factors, such as increasing prices for construction materials. “According to the Russian Union of Exhibition Developers, the cost of booth construction increased by 40%, thus inevitably increasing the booth costs for exhibition participants,” outlined Evgeniy Vvedenskiy.
Evgeniy Vvedenskiy summarized the results of participation of the Belarusian companies in foreign exhibitions in 2021. He also announced the 2022 Exhibition Calendar.
The calendar of exhibitions planned to be held in Belarus is available at the website of the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus (the MART). This was reported by Eugene Belov, the Head of the Department of International Cooperation and Application of Non-Tariff Regulation Measures of the MART.
Andrei Kishtymov, Senior Researcher of the Republican Historical and Cultural Heritage Laboratory of the Center for the Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature researches of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, made a presentation of the monograph “Belarus at the Exhibitions of ХІХ–ХХ Centuries.”
The historian pointed out that two Belarusian companies took part in the first World Exhibition in London in 1851. Yet, the first exhibition event in Belarus took place 12 years earlier – in 1839.
You can order the monograph at Belarusian Science Publishing House or buy in Akedemkniga store in Minsk in the near future.
Diplomas of the Council of Directors of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the CIS Member States were awarded to concerns Belgospishcheprom, Belneftekhim and Brestmiasomolprom, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Belarus, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus for their active participation in exhibitions and fairs in 2021.
Diplomas were also awarded to such companies as Babushkina Krynka, Beltamozhservice, Belshina; confectionary plants Vitba and Spartak; companies Gomselmash, MINSK KRISTALL and Molochny Mir; Grodno meat-packing plant and Slutsk Cheese-Making Plant.