France-Belarus Business Club Opens in Minsk


The business club France-Belarus will facilitate trade and economic cooperation between the two states, head of the club Patrick Burdonne said at the opening ceremony of this public organization on 5 February.
“The establishment of the club is an evidence of the improvement of relations between Belarus and France. The idea to create such an organization emerged after numerous requests from French and Belarusian partners who expressed an intention to cooperate in the field of economy,” he said. Patrick Burdonne added that this idea was upheld by French MP Thierry Mariani, who took part in the ceremony, too.
Patrick Burdonne underlined that time has come for the two countries to begin exchanging knowledge in economy and business.
Taking part in the event were France’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belarus Dominique Gazuy, Belarus’ Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France Pavel Latushko, Chairman of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Pavel Chinsky and a delegation of French businessmen comprising heads of Moscow-based representative offices of all major French companies. All in all, over 60 representatives of government bodies and businessmen from Belarus and France took part in the event.
The business club Belarus-France has become the first public organization to bring together businessmen from the two countries. It will serve as a platform for establishing direct ties between companies to facilitate Belarusian-French economic and investment cooperation.