On April 11-12, 2019, on the basis of the University of Warsaw with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Poland, the “1stPolish-Belarusian Economic and Legal Forum” was held, co-organized by the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the BSU from the Belarusian side.
As part of the event, on April 11, 2019, the Belarusian delegation visited the Supreme Court of the Republic of Poland, as well as a ceremonial reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Poland, during which Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Poland, addressed the forum participants with a welcoming speech.
During the forum, the participants from the Belarusian side presented the following reports.
Elena Gopka, Senior Lecturer at the Business Administration Department of the Institute of Business, BSU, in her speech “Certain Issues of Creation and Development of the Polish-Belarusian IPO Center” presented information on a joint educational project – the Belarusian-Polish IPO Center, created to train specialists from Belarus to analyze opportunities and attracting capital market funds to finance the development and modernization of Belarusian enterprises.
The center is the result of the cooperation of three Parties – the Institute of Business of the Belarusian State University, the Polish-Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and the Joint Stock Company Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Sergei Kizima, Head of the Department of International Relations of the Academy of Public Administration under theaegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, in his report “Maximization of the Benefits for Belarus and Poland from China’s Coming to Europe” noted the following.
The maximization of positive effects for achieving the national interests of European countries in relations with China is possible with the energetic cooperation of both political superstructures and the business communities of European countries.
In particular, Belarus and Poland can offer China for investment joint projects in which part of the products will be produced in Poland for the needs of the European Union, and some in Belarus for the needs of the EAEU. In this case, the Chinese investor will immediately receive two huge sales markets for products manufactured in Poland and Belarus, each of which has its own advantages, while Belarus and Poland will have jobs and an increase in export supplies. At the same time, it is also necessary to create conditions that encourage the arrival of new technologies from China along with Chinese investments.
Veronika Pavlovskaya, a lawyer of Arzinger& Partners and the chairman of the Council of Young Scientists of the National Center for Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus, in her presentation “Youth Policy in Belarus and Poland: Similarities and Differences” compared the legal regulation of state youth policy in Belarus and Poland, supplementing the report with her own vision of cooperation prospects.
Mechislav Chesnovsky, Head of the Department of International Relations, Faculty of International Relations of BSU, presented the report “Belarusian-Polish Historical Dialogue: Political Reasonability and Scientific Problem”.
Comprehensively revealing the scientific relevance and practical significance of the topic, the author outlined the real ways of harmonizing the culture of memory of the Belarusian and Polish society, expanding the historical dialogue and crystallization of the uniting events of the past in order to strengthen not only the modern Belarusian-Polish good neighborly relations, but also stability in the Central and Eastern Europe.
Important conceptual observationsounded in the report: historical policy has overcome the unenviable role of the propaganda appendage in the past to promote its own external doctrines by many governments and now appears not only a scientific discipline, but also a sphere of knowledge of modern society, and even a mechanism of practical use.
The scientific hypothesis presented by the speaker positions the historical policy as an integral component of the interaction of states, able to overcome shared memory, to find and strengthen the elements of identity of the Belarusian and Polish peoples.
The use at all levels of the political, business, cultural, educational space of the models of neighborly coexistence developed by social scientists, mechanisms for optimizing bilateral contacts can give historical policy the value of the basis and method of improving Belarusian-Polish relations today.
Aleksey Goretsky, Head of the Center for International Studies, Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University, in his speech “The Union State of Belarus and Russia in the context of integration processes in the post-Soviet space: a constitutional and legal aspect”, analyzed the events currently taking place on the world stage and offered his vision of the most likely form of integration of the two countries.