Free Economic Zone “Vitebsk”

“Free economic zone “Vitebsk” was founded on 04.08.1999 and has been dynamically developing for 20 years.

The result is implementation of 48 investment projects with participation of capital from 13 countries of the world. Currently, more than 10 thousand people work in resident organizations of FEZ “Vitebsk”. Modern equipment, competitive products, introduction of new technologies are distinctive features of our enterprises.

Currently, the territory of FEZ “Vitebsk” is 2,764 thousand hectares. It consists of 16 sectors. Most sectors (8) are located in the city of Vitebsk, 5 — in the Orsha region, 1 — in the Polotsk region, 1 — in Novopolotsk and 1 — in the westernmost district of the Vitebsk region, Postavy.

Vitebsk, with a population of 378 thousand people, is the largest railway junction in the north of the Republic of Belarus. The city has a valid aerodrome from which international flights are performed.

The total length of the boundaries of the Vitebsk region with neighboring states is 993.8 km, including with Russia — 575.8 km. (Pskov Region — 341.8 km, Smolensk Region — 234 km), Lithuania —192.2 km, Latvia — 165.8 km.

Railway and air communication between the largest cities of Europe
Minsk
280 km
Vilnius
360 km
Moscow
550 km
Kiev
550 km
St. Petersburg
600 km
Riga
500 km
Tallinn
687 km
Warsaw
800 km

The developed transport network (Eastern boundaries of Poland - Central regions of Belarus - Baltic countries - northwestern and central regions of Russia) makes the territory of FEZ "Vitebsk" the most attractive for organizing of productions focused on exporting their products and services to the markets of Russia, the Baltic States, Scandinavia and Central Europe.

The network of modern roads and railways provides traffic between the regional center and the largest cities in Europe: Minsk (280 km), Moscow (550 km), St. Petersburg (600 km), Warsaw (800 km), Kiev (550 km), Vilnius ( 360 km), Riga (500 km), Tallinn (687 km).

One of the main trans-European transport communications — the Crete Corridor No. 9 (Helsinki-Vitebsk-Kiev-Chisinau-Plovdiv), M1 highway (Brest-Moscow), the Great Silk Road, passes through Vitebsk.

By virtue of its geo-economic position, FEZ “Vitebsk” is a kind of foothold in development of prospective markets in Russia, Baltic States, Scandinavia.

Availability of highly qualified personnel in the region

Another advantage of the free economic zone "Vitebsk" is availability of a pool of highly skilled labor power in the Vitebsk region.

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State universities — 4,
non-state — 1
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Colleges — 33
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Academies — 2
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Vocational training colleges and lyceums — 10

The education system in Vitebsk and Vitebsk region specializes in training of professional personnel for various business areas: economists, managers, logisticians, specialists in external economic relations, marketers, accountants, lawyers, goods managers, programmers, graphic designers, seamstresses, developers, technologists, linguists, translators, engineers, biotechnologists and many more.

There is a real opportunity at relatively low expenses to implement an effective and rapid development of new technologies, modern industrial equipment
Availability of a natural resource base in the region

Vitebsk region has the following natural resources:

  • forest areas (1,754.2 thousand hectares);
  • water resources (2.6 cubic km);
  • mineral resources (dolomite, peat, clay, sand and gravel materials, sapropel, mineral water, building sand);
  • developed industrial potential of the region.

Vitebsk region is the third one in the republic in terms of industrial output.

Main branches of regional industrial complex
Consumer goods industry
Machine and machine tool building
Furniture manufacture
Electronics
Wood industry
Food production

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