Damascus, SANA – Means of boosting health cooperation between Syria and Belarus, exchanging medicine and establishing joint investments were discussed during a meeting between Health Minister Nizar Yazigi’s and Belarus Deputy Health Minister, Valery Shevchuk.
Minister Yazigi said that the two sides’ cooperation aims at developing pharmaceutical industry, exchanging expertise and opening new markets in order to achieve high quality standards at suitable prices.
The minister briefed the visiting delegation on the damage caused to the health sector by the terrorist attacks and the because of the unjust unilateral economic sanctions which hindered the importation of cancer drugs and other essential medicines, noting that the ministry has rehabilitated 3 hospitals and a number of health centers.
In turn, Shevchuk expressed his country’s readiness to build joint medicine manufacturing factories to produce medicine and medical equipment in preparation to the reconstruction stage in Syria.
He pointed out that Belarus has taken a decision to fix a value for registering the Syrian medicine equal to that in Belarus in order to facilitate the accessibility of Syrian products to the markets in Belarus and the Eurasian Union.
In the same context, Assistant Health Minister for pharmaceutical affairs, Huda al-Sayyed met Shevchuk with the two sides stressing the need to intensify efforts to implement an agreement signed last May, with the latter expressing readiness to encourage cooperation with public and private sectors in Syria, taking into account that Belarus exports medicine to 30 countries around the world.
Chairman of the Syrian-Belarus Business Council, Imad Matouq said that a bilateral protocol will be signed to regulate and facilitate the entry of medicine manufactured in both countries to their local markets.
The Belarus delegation, comprising academic figures and representatives of different medical companies, is scheduled to visit several Syrian medicine factories and hospitals in the next two days.