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6 Jun 2017

Belarus, Penza Oblast capable of finding new areas of cooperation

Belarus, Penza Oblast capable of finding new areas of cooperation

MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Penza Oblast of Russia are able to find new areas of cooperation, Governor of Penza Oblast Ivan Belozertsev said when he met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 6 June, BelTA has learned.

“The reserve for stepping up efforts is huge. Keeping in mind the economic specifics of Penza Oblast and Belarusian regions, we can develop new areas of cooperation, considerably increase bilateral trade, strengthen cooperation between industrial companies. We have such possibilities,” the governor said.

In his words, despite a complicated economic situation which affects not only Russia and Belarus, but also the whole Europe, the parties managed to preserve the trade growth rate in the first three months of 2017.

According to Ivan Belozertsev, Belarus and Penza Oblast have great prospects for developing cooperation in the area of mechanical engineering and electronic systems. There is also an interest in the services of the Belarusian IT sector. “We have tried and tested contacts and mutual interest. I think our task is to help mechanical engineers and software developers to reach mutually beneficial cooperation and enter a new level of growth,” said the governor.

Ivan Belozertsev noted that he last visited Minsk in 2013. “Your capital has become even more beautiful, more contemporary and more comfortable. We see that the country has been steadily developing today. We would also like to promote your progress and we are, of course, interested in our region to continue its development. Our business contacts are of high priority in agriculture, mechanical engineering, car manufacturing, production of household appliances, medical equipment and timber processing,” he said.

The governor said that Penza Oblast has long-standing economic, scientific and cultural relations with the regions of Belarus. A number of agreements have been concluded. “We plan to strengthen the bilateral cooperation with Brest Oblast at the Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus which is due to take place in Moscow in late June,” he said.

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