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Arkansas trade director attends Belarus international investment forum

Industry leaders speak on a panel at the Belarus International Investment Forum in 2016.

Industry leaders speak on a panel at the Belarus International Investment Forum in 2016.

Denise Thomas, director of Africa and Middle East Trade will visit Belarus from Tuesday, June 27 – Monday, July 3 to meet with government leaders and participate in the IX International Investment Forum.

The Forum takes place in Bobruisk, a city in the Mogilev Region of Belarus. The World Trade Center Arkansas developed a strong relationship with industry leaders and government officials in May when the Center hosted an inbound trade mission from the Mogilev region.

“We had one of our most successful trade missions when these Belorussians visited in May,” said Thomas. “We were able to build the foundation of a strong relationship and this trip serves as the next step on a path towards friendship that will be beneficial to both Arkansas and Belarus.”

On Wednesday, Thomas was in Minsk visiting with the Belarusian State University leadership. She discussed future opportunities for educational exchange with students and professors of Arkansas universities and Arkansas-Belarus international exchange. She also explored opportunities for Belarussian graduate and doctoral students to attend the University of Arkansas.

Her meetings with government and industry leaders included meetings with the governor of the Mogilev region, a meeting with the mayor of Bobruisk, a meeting in Minsk with the head of the Department of American and Canada for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a visit to Kommunarka, one of the largest confectionary producers in Belarus and one of the members of the inbound delegation in May.

Thomas’ participation in the Belarus international forum this weekend will be an opportunity to continue developing the relationship between Belarus and Arkansas to promote bilateral trade and educational exchange.

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