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18 Apr 2017

Belarus President: Great Stone park needs world class companies

Belarus President: Great Stone park needs world class companies

MINSK, 18 April (BelTA) – Most advanced and world class companies should make part of the Chinese-Belarusian industrial park Great Stone, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang on 18 April, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, during a visit to the Great Stone Industrial Park, Chinese President Xi Jinping named it a pearl of the Silk Road. “We cannot develop companies and economy of the past there. We need the most advanced and world class companies with tomorrow's economy. Otherwise, they will not be able to compete on the European market and the post-Soviet market as well. We discussed it before. We, together with Mr Xi Jinping, still believe this policy to be the right one,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The president suggested discussing the further development of the industrial park with Zhang Dejiang. The number one task is the attraction of investments. “We are developing powerful infrastructure and offer strong preferences. It is important for the arrival of high ethnologies and the development of export-oriented manufacturing facilities with guaranteed markets,” the Belarusian leader said.

Zhang Dejiang said for his part that he fully shares Alexander Lukashenko’s stance on the Great Stone project. “The park has all necessary conditions to attract investments, and we need to work for it. We need to popularize our industrial park in order to attract high-tech companies,” he said.

The parties also noted that the development of a joint industrial park in Belarus became a political project. This is only the first step towards more large-scale projects in the future.

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