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24 Sep 2014

Lukashenko in favor of manufacturing cooperation with Moldova to reach third-country markets

 CHISINAU, 25 September (BelTA) – Manufacturing cooperation with Moldova for the sake of reaching third-country markets and the European Union is promising. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement in Chisinau on 24 September after negotiations with his Moldovan counterpart Nicolae Timofti, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that projects to assemble Belarusian agricultural machines and trolleybuses are already being implemented in Moldova. Projects to assemble buses are next in the pipeline.

The Belarusian head of state underlined that the Belarusian side was ready to satisfy the demand of Moldovan partners for mechanical engineering and petrochemical products, light industry products, construction materials, household appliances, medications and food. Apart from that, Belarus is interested in implementing projects for the development of the road infrastructure and agriculture of Moldova. “We have things to offer,” said the Belarusian leader.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that it had been 14 years since the previous official meeting of the two presidents. “However, it doesn’t mean that our relations with Moldova are on the backburner. We unwaveringly believe that Moldova is a reliable partner, a friendly country for us, developing relations with which is a priority for Belarus,” stressed the Belarusian leader.

Moldova is an important trade and economic partner for Belarus and ranks fifth in Belarus’ total trade with the CIS states. Since 2000 Belarus-Moldova trade has increased by five times to come close to $360 million in 2013. According to the Belarus President, some headway has been made, it is necessary to move on. During the negotiations in Chisinau on 24 September the presidents focused on the development of the trade and economic relations between the two countries.

Speaking about Belarus-Moldova political relations, Alexander Lukashenko was satisfied with the high level of interaction between the two countries in the international scene, including within the framework of the United Nations Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and other universal and regional organizations. He thanked the Moldovan side for supporting Belarus during Eastern Partnership Initiative summits. The Belarusian side also counts on joint work of Belarusian and Moldovan MPs, the development of legislative initiatives meant to encourage manufacturing cooperation, create joint ventures and enterprises. Apart from that, the Belarusian side hopes for more active cooperation with Moldova in the CIS. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that he expects the Moldova President to visit Minsk for the regular CIS summit that will take place in October 2014. He also invited Nicolae Timofti to come to Belarus on an official visit for the sake of auditing the fulfillment of the agreements that had been reached.

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