MINSK, 3 May (BelTA) – The Czech Republic is considering an opportunity to partake in the construction of logistics centers in Belarus, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Milan Hovorka told media ahead of his meeting with Minsk Oblast Governor Boris Batura on 3 May.
The Czech official considers cooperation with the Minsk Motor Plant as a good example of bilateral collaboration. He stressed that the two countries have a big potential to cooperate in the engineering industry. “We are ready to welcome Belarusian businessmen, both suppliers and investors,” he added.
At the meeting with the Minsk Oblast Governor, Milan Hovorka noted that Minsk Oblast is a reliable partner for Czech companies, which are interested in expanding cooperation with the region. Czech specialists are also ready to share experience in agriculture, small and medium-sized business development.
In January-February 2012 Minsk Oblast foreign trade with the Czech Republic totaled $7.3 million (82.1% over the same months a year ago). Exports to the Czech Republic made up $2.5 million, imports - $4.8 million. The foreign trade deficit stood at $2.3 million.
In 2011 Minsk Oblast trade with the Czech Republic reached $58.4 million (89.9% to 2010). Belarus’ main exports to the Czech Republic include aluminic hardware, mineral or potash fertilizers, salt. Belarus imports Czech ferrous metal structure, fluid pumps, paper and cardboard.