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17 Jul 2019

Belarus, Novosibirsk Oblast working on joint biotechnology projects

ST PETERSBURG, 17 July (BelTA) – Belarus and Novosibirsk Oblast of Russia are developing joint projects in biotechnology. This matter was discussed at a meeting between Belarus’ Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko and Novosibirsk Oblast Governor Andrei Travnikov on 17 July, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Travnikov recalled that  a delegation of Novosibirsk Oblast visited Belarus at the beginning of the year. During the visit, an agreement was signed to establish twin town relations between the Gorky District Executive Committee and the administration of the Koltsovo science city. According to him, scientists of the Koltsovo Biotechnology Park and the Gorky Technopark are working on joint projects in biotechnology.

The Novosibirsk Oblast governor emphasized the region’s efforts to strengthen cooperation with Belarus. He welcomed close contacts between enterprises of Novosibirsk Oblast and Belarusian manufacturers, like Minsk Automobile Plant, BelAZ and Belkommunmash.

In his turn, Vladimir Semashko drew attention to the imbalance of trade between Belarus and Novosibirsk Oblast. According to him, supplies from the Russian region significantly exceed Belarusian exports. To rectify this situation, Belarus suggests purchasing its agricultural machinery, municipal and passenger vehicles, as well as agricultural products. According to the ambassador, it is necessary to scale up cooperation in the manufacturing industry.

At the end of the meeting, the parties signed a cooperation program for the period till 2021. The action plan had been developed following the visit of the Novosibirsk Oblast delegation to Belarus in January this year, Andrei Travnikov told reporters after his talks with the Belarusian ambassador. "The plan features 39 events related to academic partnerships, humanitarian cooperation, collaboration between our industrial enterprises, joint innovative projects," the governor said.

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