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27 Mar 2015

Belarusian vehicle service center expected to be best in Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT, 27 March (BelTA) – The center for servicing Belarusian vehicles will be the best of the kind in Turkmenistan. The statement was made by Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich, who visited the construction site of the Belarusian vehicle service center in Ashgabat during his working trip to Turkmenistan, BelTA has learned.

The construction of the $10.5 million center began in May 2014 and is now in its active phase. It is the first facility of the kind to service Belarusian vehicles as far as the scale and the set of available services are concerned. For instance, a similar KamAZ service center is half the size. Initially there were plans to build a MAZ service center but later on it was decided to build a complex facility. The facility will sell vehicles and parts, will provide quality maintenance, and will train the personnel Turkmenistan needs such as drivers, mechanics, and electricians. According to Mikhail Myasnikovich, it will be a multifunctional deluxe service center.

After getting familiar with the construction progress, Mikhail Myasnikovich asked whether it is possible for the facility to let the Belarusian companies that work in Turkmenistan use the premises for food storage. He was told it was possible. The Belarusian company Belgorhimprom and the Belarusian-Turkmen Trading House may be the first tenants. The total area of the freezers is 360m2.

According to Ernest Alekseyev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the holding company Yaraw, the center will occupy a total of 22,000m2. As much as 9,655m2 has been assigned for development purposes while 3,450m2 has been allocated for warehouses. The facility will have a presale area, parking lots for cars and trucks, a maintenance station, and other premises. Ernest Alekseyev said that the warehouse can store 200 vehicles. Apart from administrative premises the Belarusian vehicle service center will have a conference hall, conference rooms for doing business in accordance with modern standards and a sports and recreation center. Mikhail Myasnikovich spoke in positive terms about the idea: “These days people equally appreciate the level of salaries and the social package.” Ernest Alekseyev was confident that there will be no problems with recruiting personnel for the center.

Mikhail Myasnikovich gave instructions to complete the first construction stage in July 2015. By that time the service center is supposed to get a warehouse, a maintenance area, the premises will have to be beautified and the facade of the administrative building will have to be done. The rest of the work will be completed within another two months. In September the vehicle service center is supposed to be commissioned. Ernest Alekseyev assured that if funding is smooth (it is a commercial project), it is feasible to accomplish the project on time. The facility should be ready for routine operation by December 2015 when the center is supposed to be solemnly opened, stressed Mikhail Myasnikovich. The head of the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament added that the matter was discussed during the meeting with Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat on 26 March.

Moreover, according to Mikhail Myasnikovich, it would be advisable to set up four more regional centers to service Belarusian vehicles albeit on a smaller scale. “We are going to ask the Turkmen side to provide the land for it with the least encumbrance,” he said.

While visiting the construction site of the Belarusian vehicle service center in Ashgabat the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus spoke in favor of arranging an automobile rally in Turkmenistan. “Such an entertaining competition of trucks would be an interesting move. We could prepare the team while the Turkmen side could prepare the track. Our vehicles have earned good reputation in the complicated climatic conditions of Turkmenistan. Our vehicles could show their ‘fighting spirit’ during these competitions,” he said.

Apart from that, Mikhail Myasnikovich said he believes it is possible to arrange a show featuring vehicles made by MAZ, MTZ, and Amkodor. It is possible that the Belarusian vehicle service center may become the venue for the show.

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