The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took part in the Egypt-Belarus business forum organised by the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The largest business meeting in the history of bilateral relations of Belarus and Egypt was attended by over 700 participants from both countries.

The Belarusian machinery exhibition presenting the latest achievements of Minsk Tractor Works and Minsk Automobile Plant was organized within the framework of the forum.

Cuban President, Raul Castro met with the head of the US Chamber of Commerce as Reuters reports.

US Chamber of Commerce intends to sign 17 agreements with the Cuban authorities, including the agreement between the Cuban authorities and the American company "General Electric", the negotiations of which took place 18 months - said the president of the US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, John Kavulich.

Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States were restored in mid-2015.

The translator is Maral Amanova.

The Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich had a meeting with the Head of Latvia Foreign Trade Office under the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Belarus Georgijs Vojevoda.

The sides discussed the possible fields of cooperation of BelCCI and Latvia Foreign Trade Office in 2017, planed the arrangement of business events with the two countries' companies participating, including within the Days of Riga in Minsk in November.

The Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Republic of Belarus Joseh Migash.

The meeting addressed the issues regarding the arrangement of a business forum to coincide with the visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov to Slovakia in March, as well as the plans to organize other events with the two countries' businessmen participating.

The sides defined the most promising fields for bilateral cooperation development, such as tourism, IT development, energy engineering, innovations, woodworking, pharmaceutical production, oil and chemical industry. The possibilities to enhance interaction of the chambers of commerce and industry of the two countries and to sign a cooperation agreement between the BelCCI and the CCI of Slovakia during the oncoming business forum were discussed as well.

Trade relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are at a low level. Both countries need to review the agreement on trade and transit. About it in a joint Afghan-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber of Commerce of Afghanistan called on the Government to review the Afghan-Pakistani agreement on trade and transit. According to it, the old contract must be canceled and entered into a new one that would include not only Afghanistan and Pakistan, but also India and Tajikistan.

«If the Afghan-Pakistani agreement on trade and transit will not be extended, the volume of trade between the two countries will decline more and more», - Ahmadullah the head of the Afghan Chamber warned.

According to experts, if the agreement to join India and Tajikistan will be accepted , the trade turnover will increase by 70 percent.

Maral Amanova translated into English

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