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Gomel Oblast to cooperate with Switzerland in overcoming Chernobyl catastrophe consequence

08.07.2020

Gomel Oblast intends to cooperate with Switzerland in overcoming consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The possibilities were discussed as Gomel Oblast Governor Gennady Solovei met with a delegation of the Switzerland-Belarus friendship association and its president Margret Kiener Nellen on 7 July, BelTA has learned.

Gennady Solovei informed the delegation about the social and economic development of the region. In particular, the operation of Gomel Oblast enterprises amid the pandemic was mentioned as well as state support for people and territories affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe. "The affected areas develop. Their infrastructure is getting better, new facilities are being set up or existing ones are being modernized," the governor noted.

Margret Kiener Nellen noted it was the first thematic trip of the Switzerland-Belarus friendship association to Gomel Oblast. The visit's theme is "34 years after the Chernobyl catastrophe: Consequences and the current situation". The two sides already maintain some cooperation in Chernobyl matters. Switzerland, including private organizations, has helped Belarus in this sphere.

During the meeting the sides discussed opportunities for Gomel Oblast children rehabilitation in Switzerland, cooperation in healthcare, and other matters. Margret Kiener Nellen added that the association's goal is to establish joint work in other spheres, too. The spectrum of mutual interests is rather broad.

While in Belarus the delegation intends to visit the national applied science center for radiation medicine and human ecology in Gomel, visit Bragin District and Khoiniki District, visit the Polesie state radiation and ecology wildlife sanctuary.

Representatives of the Gomel Oblast administration told BelTA that cooperation between the region and Switzerland continues developing. Seven Gomel companies have exported their products to Switzerland this year. The main ones are SvetlogorskKhimvolokno, Rechitsa Hardware Plant, and BMZ. Gomel Oblast imports equipment, corrosion-resistant steel wire, polyamides, and other things from Switzerland.