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New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
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New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk

by Tushbee

The two-day Belarus-Africa Forum themed: New Frontiers, organized by the Development Bank of Belarus and African Export-Import Bank, alongside the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support of the Belarus Ministry of Agriculture, was held in Belarus-Minsk.

New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk

The forum had Prime Ministers, Ministers, Consuls, Financiers from the Public and Private sectors as well as key decision makers from the highest levels of government across Africa and Eastern Europe, in attendance. Addressing dignitaries at the opening of the two-day Belarus-Africa Forum, President and Chairman of  Afrexim Bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah affirmed that Africa is in the grip of such development, and  as a continent, it has the youngest and most vibrant people, with 40 percent expected to be below the age of 30 by 2030. According to him, Africa has no need for partners, with limited interest in selling consumable goods or those who see the continent  as a “beverage” economy, whose only commendable quality is producing low priced, unstable commodities.

New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk

Nigeria’s emissary, Wofai Samuel, engaged the foreign delegates, in an objective and comprehensive two- phased discussion, which lasted for over two hours. The first part of this ministerial discussion, focused on: The Roles of the public sector, in promoting economic relationship and trade, for African and Belarusian businesses.
The Panelists  were:  Hon. Marcos Alexandre Nhunga –  Minister of Agriculture, Angola; Hon. Mou Ambrose Thiik – Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, South Sudan;  His Excellency Igor Brylo – Vice Minister of Agriculture and Food, Republic of Belarus; His Excellency Dmitry Korchik – Vice Minister of Industry, Republic of Belarus; Antonio Sozinho and Aleksei Bogdanov.

New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk
The Second Ministerial discussion was themed: Belarus as a Gate way to leverage Economic and Trade cooperation between Africa and Eastern Europe. It was anchored by Wofai Samuel. Panelists were: Her Excellency- Sibanda Thusi  Nomasonto – Ambassador of South Africa in the Russian Federation; Hon. Sani Yaya- Minister of Finance and Economy,Togo;  His Excellency Valentin Rybakov- Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Belarus; Seregie  Kalechits- Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Belarus.
New Frontiers: Belarus and Africa Forum in Minsk

The Business Panel  had its moderator in the person of Mr. Pavel Shvaibovich,  Development Bank of Belarus.
Also present at the event, are;
Mr Sergey Terentiev- Deputy Director of Africa and Middle East Department of Foreign Affairs; His Excellency Anatoly Kaklinin – Vice prime minister of the Republic of Belarus; Mr Leonid Zayats- Minister of Agriculture and Food, Republic of Belarus;  His Excellency Valentin Rybakov- Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs;  Dr Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export Import Bank;  Mr Sergei Roumas – Chairman of the Development Bank, Republic of Belarus;  Mr. Dzmitry Kuliashou- Deputy Director International Business Department, Republic of Belarus; Dr. Hippolyte Fofack Chief Economist Afrexim Bank; Hon. Sani Yaya Minister of Finance and Economy Togo;  Christopher Oshiafi- GMD Pan African Capital;  Brig. General James Auala, Remi Olumuyiwa – MD First Tricon Sierra Leone ltd;   Shagen Oganov – Head of International Department National Centre for Marketing Belarus;Oleg Vodchits – DG, Afex Global, Belarus;  Aleksandr Atroschik- Director for Foreign Economic Cooperation Department Minsk Automobile Plant, Belarus;  Hon. Sidie Tunis -Minority Chief Whip Republic of Sierra Leone; Anatoli Skripko – Honorary Consul of South Africa in Belarus;  Hon. Mbalibula Kibanzanga- Minister of State for Republic of Agriculture Uganda; Sergei Kalechits- Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Belarus; Aleksei Bogdanov- Director of Foreign Economic Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Belarus; Obi Emekekwue;   Dr Robert Ochala, Director Strategy and Innovation Afrexim Bank.