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On March 22 the Belarusian-Georgian Business Forum was held in Tbilisi. Representatives of ministries and departments of two countries, local authorities and business communities had negotiations on cooperation and signed relevant contracts and agreements. The Belarusian delegation was represented by the representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus as well.

Within the framework of the business forum a bilateral meeting of Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus Valery Malashko and Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia David Sergeenko was held. Heads of departments discussed the possibility of deepening cooperation, future plans in the field of the pharmaceutical industry, transplantation and oncology, supply of medicinal products, possible ways and means of constructive cooperation between the countries in the form of organising training events for specialists.

The outcome of the visit was signing the road map for implementation of the agreement on cooperation in the field of health and medical science between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, which includes not only development of cooperation in the pharmaceutical industry, but also in the field of medical technologies.

Agreements for supply of medicinal products for almost 1 mln. US dollars were signed. Major medical companies exporting products to Georgia are Belarusian state companies such as Belmedpreparaty RUE, Borisov Plant of Medical Preparations OJSC, Minskinterkaps UE and Exon OJSC. About 160 medicinal products manufactured in Belarus are registered in Georgia, and another 18 are in the process of registration.

The Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation was signed between authorised organisations on examination of medicinal products of Georgia and the Republic of Belarus at the extended meeting with participation of heads of two ministries and representatives of the pharmaceutical business community. The document was signed by Sergei Marchenko, Deputy Director of Centre for Examinations and Tests in Health Service UE, and Paata Bukia, Deputy Director of the State Regulation Agency of Medical Activities. This Memorandum aims at development of bilateral relations in the field of examination of medicinal products, medical devices and its quality control, pharmacovigilance, scientific studies, training activities, and information exchange in the field of medicinal products and medical devices.

Events of such level allow establishing mutually beneficial cooperation and implementing joint projects, discussing business development problems and prospects. This is a great opportunity to consolidate knowledge and experience for ensuring the economic growth of the member-states.

March, 2018