ISLAMABAD, Nov 11 (APP): Prime Minister of Belarus Andrey Kobyakov on Wednesday opened a Belarusian Cultural and Information Centre here at the National Library of Pakistan, which will act as a hub of general information about the European country.
The Belarusian Cultural and Information Centre set-up at the Allama Iqbal Reading Hall of the National Library is the first project implemented amongst the several Agreements reached between Pakistan and Belarus in May this year.
Prime Minister Kobyakov while speaking at the inauguration of the Centre termed the project as a “symbol of growing friendship between Pakistan and Belarus”.
He said Belarus as a sovereign and peaceful state was keen to
strengthen its ties with Pakistan and looked forward to cementing
bonds in areas including economy, culture, science and technology,
education and humanitarian collaboration.
He said the project was endorsed by the President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko and had the support at highest level.
Prime Minister Kobyakov mentioned that Belarus had gifted 700
books for the Centre and expressed hoped that this would develop an
active engagement between the people of the two countries.
He welcomed the desire expressed by Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif Tuesday for setting up similar Centre by Pakistan at the
National Library of Belarus.
Earlier, Prime Minister Andrey Kobyakov cut the ribbon to
formally inaugurate the Belarus Information and Cultural Centre and
reviewed its different sections including library and digital
resource centre.
Minister for Information and National Heritage Pervaiz Rasheed
thanked the Belarusian Prime Minister for the materialization of the
project and termed the contribution of 700 books as ‘gifting 700
friends’ to Pakistan.
The Minister said Pakistanis have a big place in their hearts
for Belarusian people. He expressed satisfaction that the Centre had
made possible the access to Belarus easy with just one click at
digital screens and through authentic reading material.
Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch, State Minister for
CADD Barrister Usman Ibram and Belarus ambassador to Pakistan Andrey
Ermalovich were present.
The Belarusian Information and Cultural Centre is accessible
to general public and provides information about Belarus including
its history, literature, science, law, economy, culture, arts,
sports and tourism.
The small models of made-in-Belarus heavy machinery
particularly tractors have been placed at the shelves.
The Digital Resource Centre also provides specific information
on Belarusian trade and offers the Pakistani businessmen an
opportunity to directly contact the authentic enterprises in