March 20, 2009

YEREVAN, MARCH 20, ARMENPRESS: The 7th session of Armenian-Belarus
inter-governmental commission on the issues of trade-economic
cooperation took place March 18-20 in Minsk.

Media relations department of Armenian Foreign ministry told Armenpress
that it was chaired by the heads of Armenian and Belarus sides of the
commission, Armenian and Belarus Economy Ministers Nerses Yeritsian
and Nikolay Zaychenko.

The delegation of Armenian government also included the deputy
FM Shavarsh Kocharian and the Armenian Ambassador to Belarus
Oleg Yesayan. Heads of big factories of the two states as well as
businessmen who had presented a number of suggestions to establish
cooperation between separate enterprises were also involved in the
works of the session.

The issues of the agenda of the session which was directed towards
the development of trade-economic cooperation include the spheres of
industry, agriculture, health and pharmaceutics, sport and tourism,
education and science.

The agreed joint decisions, which have been reached during the
discussions, have been summed up in the protocol of the session,
which was signed ceremonially. A cooperation program has been signed
between the ministries representing the sphere of sport.

The results of works of the session have been discussed during the
meeting with the Belarus Prime Minister S. Sidorski in which chairs
of the commission, O. Yesayan and Belarus Ambassador to Armenia Stepan
Sukhorenko took part.

The meeting of Sh. Kocharin and O. Yesayan with deputy Belarus FM
Igor Petrishenko also took place. The interlocutors referred to the
decisions reached during the 7th session of inter-governmental joint
commission, programs of their implementation, traditions of cooperation
between the two states within the frameworks of international and
regional organizations as well as the EU Eastern partnership program.

The governmental delegation headed by N. Yeritsian also met with the
staff of Armenian Embassy in Belarus and representatives of Armenian
community in Belarus. The Minister presented the present economic
condition of Armenia and prospects of development, answered to the
questions of Belarus-Armenians, which mainly concerned to the issues
which arouse for the economy of the country as a result of world
economic crisis.