National exposition of the Republic of Belarus in the Yangon International Trade Fair (22-25 December 2012, Yangon, Myanmar)
January 22, 2013
In accordance with the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of 06.11.2012 ¹ 1017, a national exposition of the Republic of Belarus in the Yangon International Trade Fair was held in 2012 for the first time in Belarus history. This Fair is considered to be one of the most prestigious and largest exhibitions in that region and traditionally attracts participants from South-East Asia. This year's fair was attended by companies from Myanmar, Germany, Italy, Sweden, South Korea and Japan.
Belarus participation in the Fair was aimed at facilitating the mutually advantageous cooperation with Myanmar, promoting implementation of joint projects in various fields and demonstrating the industrial, scientific, technological and cultural potential of Belarus. 56 Belarusian companies and organizations of the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, National Academy of Sciences and “Belneftekhim” and "Belgospischeprom" concerns have formed the national exposition with the total indoor exhibition area of 174 and outdoor – 50 sq.m.
The Fair's opening ceremony was attended by officials of the Yangon province of Myanmar, including Mr. Yu Myint Swe, the Prime Minister of the province; Mr. Yu Tang Myint, Minister of Commerce; Mr. Yu. Aung Khin, Minister of Transport; Colonel Tin Win, Minister for Border Affairs; Mr. Kyaw Soiû, Minister of Environment and Forestry, as well as Mr. Valery Sadokho, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in Viet Nam.
The State Committee on Science and Technologies in cooperation with BelISA organized a collective section of S&T developments within the national exposition. On an area of 40 sq m over 100 developments were demonstrated by 8 universities and 4 organizations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The Belarusian delegation servicing the collective section consisted of 9 persons.
Within the exhibition life time, the members of the Belarusian scientific delegation held over 50 meetings and negotiations of which the most important were the following:
working meeting with the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus in Myanmar Dr. Aung Moe Myint;
meeting in the Ministry of Science and Technology with Mr. Ko Ko OO, Minister of Science and Technology; Mr. Win Khaing Moe, Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology and the Director-General of D.A.S.T. prof. Aung Myat Kyaw;
visit of a delegation of officials and business representatives of Myanmar to the Belarusian S&T section and acquainting with exhibits and business proposals of the Belarusian developers;
seminar & presentation of Belarusian companies — exporters and organizations of the Ministry of Education and National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The Myanmar participants included Mr. Win Haing Mo, Director General of the Department of Technological Studies at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Professor M′a M′a Oo, Rector of Yangon University, researchers and lecturers of the Yangon University and officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology;
meeting with the management of Yangon.
As a result, several areas have been identified for cooperation in research, industry, and also in education and post-graduate training. The significant interest was expressed towards Belarusian developments in agriculture (technologies and equipment), environment, water treatment, recycling of agricultural and industrial production, DNA biotechnologies, as well as in mining and mineral processing equipment produced by the "Center" Science and Production Amalgamation.
The Belarusian scientific delegation activities in Yangon have contributed in improving of Belarus international image and broadening the knowledge of our potential foreign partners about the country. They also paved the way to obtaining information about possibilities of cooperation with Myanmar.