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17 Jun 2019

Egypt president arrives in Belarus on official visit

Egypt president arrives in Belarus on official visit

MINSK, 17 June (BelTA) - Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has arrived in Belarus on an official visit. The aircraft with the Egyptian head of state on board landed at Minsk National Airport, BelTA has learned.

At the airport the Egyptian president was welcomed by Belarus’ Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Vladimir Koltovich, Minister of Social Security Irina Kostevich, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas and ambassadors of the two countries.

On 17 June, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will meet with Belarus’ Prime Minister Sergei Rumas and directors of large Belarusian enterprises in Minsk. The talks with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko will take place on 18 June.

According to the press service of the Belarusian leader, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Aleksandr Lukashenko will focus on ways to expand trade and economic cooperation. The presidents will take stock of the progress made in the implementation of joint projects, promising areas of cooperation in the manufacturing sector, agriculture, science, education and security. The two leaders will also discuss political relations, including within international organizations, and the current situation in the region and worldwide. After the talks the sides will sign a package of international documents.

In the past two years the Belarusian-Egyptian trade almost doubled – from $57.8 million in 2016 to $108.7 million in 2018. The export of Belarusian products almost doubled as well – from $43.3 million to $83 million. Major indicators increased in January-April 2019 year-on-year. The trade turnover made up $50.32 million (up 45%), Belarus’ export reached $35.26 million (up almost 72%).

Belarus exports freight vehicles, tractors, optical devices, metal products, X-ray equipment, potash fertilizers, cream and milk powder, petrochemical and wood processing products to Egypt. Belarus’ major imports from Egypt are citrus fruit, vegetables and fruit, medications, clothes and textiles.

Belarus and Egypt are currently mulling over and implementing over 15 joint projects in manufacturing, agriculture, science, personnel training. The priority is to promote Egypt’s industrial development, upgrade industrial technologies and create new jobs.

A joint project to produce MAZ equipment was launched in February 2018. A multi-industry enterprise in Alexandria makes Belarus tractors, Gomselmash grain harvesters and other agricultural equipment. The factory produced 302 tractors and created 40 new jobs last year. Assembly lines for Amkodor loaders and Bonbruiskagromash farming equipment were launched jointly with the Egyptian Ministry of Military Production.

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