IEC to Help Belarus Improve its Investment Attractiveness
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will assist Belarus in improving its investment attractiveness for investors so that by the time of the 79th IEC General Assembly in October 2015 Belarus could demonstrate concrete investment projects, Yuri Pashnik, Secretary of the Belarusian National Committee at the IEC, Director of OAO BELLIS Testing and Certification of Home Appliances and Industrial Products, told reporters on 29 January.
Yuri Pashnik underscored the importance of both the forthcoming event and the preparatory stage. In his words, first of all, there is a need to improve the technical level and skills of engineers, constructors and technologists during the preparatory stage. These people should be trained and involved more heavily in the work of international technical committees. To this end a number of steps have been planned, including the reforming of the National Committee at the IEC. “Another objective is to make this country more attractive for investors. We have already reached several agreements with the IEC. The organization is led by top managers of the world’s leading companies (both retired and incumbent) who suggested that we demonstrate specific investment projects by the time the General Assembly begins,” Yuri Pashnik noted.
Chairman of the Belarusian National Committee at the IEC, Chairman of the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Nazarenko said that partners from abroad are ready to consider Belarus’ proposals. “The country is now discussing and amending the program which includes all investment projects. I think that the National Organizing Committee responsible for preparations for the IEC General Assembly will decide on the projects to be offered to our partners from the IEC,” Viktor Nazarenko said.
Yuri Pashnik noted that the IEC representatives suggested selecting about ten “champions,” forward-looking and professional managers of Belarusian enterprises who know exactly what they want and have ready-made investment proposals: “We will send them to Geneva where they will take part in preliminary consultations and preparatory meetings. In the future the IEC will support them and facilitate their interaction with counterparts from similar companies to enable them to begin developing joint investment projects.”