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10 Nov 2015

Belarus values Pakistan as reliable partner in Asia

ISLAMABAD, 10 November (BelTA) – Belarus values Pakistan as a reliable partner in the Asian region. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov made the statement during the 3rd Belarusian-Pakistani business and investment forum on 10 November, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Kobyakov noted that Belarus views Pakistan as a reliable partner in the Asian region. The year 2015 was a real breakthrough for expanding economic and political relations between the two countries. “We have created a solid foundation for bringing the countries closer in various spheres: economy, politics, science, education, and culture,” noted the Prime Minister of Belarus. In his words, there are real prerequisites for full-value and promising development of trade, economic, and investment cooperation between the countries. “We have everything necessary to greatly increase the trade turnover and set up joint ventures. In the medium term it is feasible to secure a trade turnover as large as $1 billion,” the Belarusian head of government was convinced.

Andrei Kobyakov stated that the Belarusian side is ready to supply MTZ tractors, Gomselmash harvesters, MAZ trucks, Amkodor road construction machines, Belshina tires, and products made by the light industry concern Bellegprom.

Andrei Kobyakov noted: “We traditionally import textile products from Pakistan as well as rice, vegetables, and fruits. We are ready to buy more of those as well as raw materials and components for the light industry, primarily cotton yarn, footwear top intermediates. Pakistan prides itself on growing excellent mango. The demand for the fruit is strong on the Belarusian market.” In his words, the Belarusian side is ready to regularly work to bring closer the countries’ stance on pricing for the sake of increasing mutual trade in various commodities.

Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov is in Pakistan on an official visit on 9-11 November. The Belarusian head of government is expected to meet with the Pakistan president today. The opening of a Belarusian culture center in the National Library of Pakistan is part of the visit’s itinerary.

After visiting Pakistan Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov will go on a working visit to Turkey on 11-12 November. Andrei Kobyakov is expected to meet with Turkey’s leaders as well as top managers of Turkish companies.

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