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18 Jun 2019

Belarus reveals ambitious plans to make products together with Egypt

Belarus reveals ambitious plans to make products together with Egypt

MINSK, 18 June (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to share its own industrial technologies with Egypt. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on 18 June, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We’ve agreed we will switch to more up-to-date and versatile economic relations. The work is already in progress. Simple merchandise trade is not what we want today. A project-based approach has been chosen as the main method of our interaction.”

The head of state noted that a well-developed manufacturing sector is one of the strong points of the Belarusian economy and the country is ready to share its own industrial technologies with Egyptian partners. “There are no closed topics. We are ready to carry over to Egypt everything we can. You can count on us in this regard,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

A joint project to make MAZ automobiles was previously launched in Cairo in line with Belarus-Egypt agreements. As many as 72 vehicles were made in 2018. “It is a good beginning. It is important to support manufacturing with orders from the Egyptian government at this stage of the evolution of the enterprise. It is necessary to give it an opportunity to grow larger and put together a portfolio of orders on its own. In order to earn profits steadily, the factory has to make at least 350-400 vehicles per annum,” Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out. “In turn, we will also provide support to this company. You and I have agreed to do it.”

A multipurpose assembly enterprise in the Egyptian city of Alexandria is increasing the output of MTZ tractors. Assembly lines to make loaders and agricultural machines have been set up in Cairo. “We’ve made specialists of the Egyptian Defense Ministry familiar with Belarusian experience. We’ve transferred individual technologies for creating greenhouse complexes, meat and dairy farms, for making baby food, rye bread, for growing vegetables in greenhouses. If you desire to use Belarusian experience, we are ready to take part in your projects,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

He remarked that Egypt is working hard to implement a national program to create greenhouse complexes and needs proper machines and vehicles for it. “We’ve already made a test batch of compact tractors for industrial greenhouses. We could make them together at the joint venture in Alexandria,” the head of state suggested.

The Belarusian side is also ready to work together with Egyptian companies to make passenger vehicles, including electric buses and trams, diesel engines, lifts, grain storage facilities, and utility vehicles.

“In addition to stepping up cooperation in traditional spheres of cooperation I suggest carrying out joint R&D projects and implementing projects in the area of high technologies. Our academies of sciences are already working on implementing joint projects. We expect that results of this work will find practical applications in the manufacturing sector and agriculture of Belarus and Egypt soon,” the president said. Besides, Belarus suggested to Egypt projects in the area of digital government, digital transformation, cybersecurity, and video games.

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