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The Main Advantages of the Free Economic Zone "Vitebsk".

  Geoeconomic location of the FEZ "Vitebsk".
  Highly qualified labour force in the region.
  The existence of rich raw and natural resources in the region.
  Well - developed industrial complex in the region.

  Geoeconomic location of the FEZ "Vitebsk".

The Free Economic Zone "Vitebsk" is located in

Vitebsk city the biggest industrial center in the north-east of Belarus. Vitebsk is the significant railway cluster in the north of the republic. There is an airport, which maintains local flights as well as flights to Russia.

Total extent of the Vitebsk region border with neighbouring states is 993,8 km. With Russian Federation - 575,8 km (Pskov region - 341,8 km, Smolensk region - 234 km). Lithuania - 192,2 km. Latvia - 165,8 km. To the border with Russian Federation - 50 km.

Well-developed transport network (Eastern regions of Poland - Central Belarus - Baltic States, north-west and central regions of Russia) makes the territory of the FEZ "Vitebsk" quite attractive for establishing productions oriented towards export of their products and services to the consumer markets of Russia, Baltic States, Scandinavia and Central Europe. The network of modern high and railways provides easy and fast connection between biggest industrial centers of the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.
Main distances from Vitebsk to: 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.

Vitebsk region is crossed by one of the main trans-European routs "Crete Corridor № 9 (Helsinki - Vitebsk - Kiev - Chisinau - Plovdiv).

After the European Union Enlargement in May 2004, Vitebsk region will appear in close vicinity to EU outer borders.

Due to its geoeconomic location the FEZ "Vitebsk" has a good potential to become a "jumping-off place" for the efficient access to the consumer markets of Russia, Baltic States and Scandinavia.

  Highly qualified labour force in the region.

Another big advantage of the FEZ "Vitebsk" is the reserve of

highly qualified and skilled work force in Vitebsk region.

The system of professional and higher education in Vitebsk includes the whole complex of state and non-state educational establishments:

  • 3 state and 3 non-state universities;
  • the Academy of Veterinary Medicine;
  • 5 professional technical colleges;
  • 14 professional technical schools.
Traditionally the system of professional education in Vitebsk specialises on preparation of highly qualified specialists and work force for light industry (seamstresses, fashion designers, cutters, industrial engineers), food industry labour force, builders, as well as managers, economists, lawyers and foreign languages specialists. The average salary in the region is equal to the amount of 190 USD. In this way, there is a real possibility to implement new high technologies and modern industrial equipment with comparatively low financial expenses.

The existence of highly skilled work force in the region is mainly stipulated by the well-developed industrial complex in the Vitebsk area.

  The existence of rich raw and natural resources in the region.

The Vitebsk region possesses following natural raw resources:

  • Forests (1754,2 ha)
  • Water resources (2,6 cu km a year)
  • Mineral resources (dolomite, peat, mineral waters, sands for building services, clays)

  Well - developed industrial complex in the region.

The Vitebsk region is on the third place in the republic on the total amount of industrial production.

The main branches of the industrial complex in Vitebsk:

  • light industry;
  • factory equipment and tools;
  • electronic industry;
  • wood proceeding;
  • furniture production;
  • food industry.
There are all the economic preconditions for the establishment of joint-venture enterprises. On the current moment 140 joint-ventures and more than 50 foreign enterprises with German, Polish, Dutch, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Russian, Czech, Italian, Belgian, USA and Russian capitals are working in the region.

 FEZ "Vitebsk"
 P. Brovky str. 50, 210605 Vitebsk The Republic of Belarus
 Tel / Fax: +375 /212/ 26 08 02
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