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22 Mar 2016

Belarus ready for cooperation with Georgia in all areas

Belarus ready for cooperation with Georgia in all areas

MINSK, 22 March (BelTA) - Belarus is ready to consider proposals for cooperation with Georgia in all areas, Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said as he met with Georgian counterpart Giorgi Kvirikashvili, BelTA has learned.

“We are ready to consider concrete proposals in all areas. I am convinced that today's meeting will give further impetus to cooperation between Belarus and Georgia,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

According to him, the most important is the trade between the two countries. “We have the potential to increase it manifold in the next few years. We are interested in supplying Georgia with modern MAZ buses, including school buses that have proven well in other countries,” the Belarusian head of government noted.

Andrei Kobyakov stated that Belarus offers to supply gas-engine buses which are in compliance with the environmental standard Euro-5. “In terms of technical specifications they are practically not inferior to Euro-6 but have a significant advantage in terms of the price,” Andrei Kobyakov noted.

Belarus ready for cooperation with Georgia in all areasThe Belarusian head of government stated that Belarus is ready to supply highly-efficient Amkodor road and utility vehicles, a full range of construction and finishing materials and also dairy and meat products, confectionery, canned food, baby food and other goods. “A good example of regional cooperation is the interaction with Adjara. Specific arrangements and their implementation have enabled us to boost trade. Promising and mutually beneficial can be the trade in tobacco raw materials and related finished products,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

According to him, the two countries have good cooperation prospects in pharmacy, science and technology. “We believe it would be good if we made a greater use of the expertise of our specialists who have practical achievements in the agricultural sector, assimilation of advanced technologies in the production and processing of farm produce, crop production and livestock breeding,” the Belarusian Prime Minister said.

Belarus ready for cooperation with Georgia in all areasHe also talked about possible mutually beneficial cooperation in the construction industry. According to Andrei Kobyakov, Belarusian construction companies have significant experience in the field of road construction, design, construction of housing, infrastructure and social facilities. They would like to participate in projects in Georgia.

“We would like to see the Georgian business on the Belarusian market. We can cooperate in processing of Georgian vegetables, fruits, and other products in Belarus, and deliver these goods further, to the markets of third countries,” Andrei Kobyakov summed up.

Belarus ready for cooperation with Georgia in all areasFor his part, Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted that Georgia views Belarus as an important partner. “Georgia intends to deepen bilateral relations in the political, trade, economic, humanitarian and cultural areas,” he said.

In 2015 the trade between Belarus and Georgia totaled $44.9 million (which accounted for 69.9% of the trade in 2014). Exports totaled $22.4 million (96.8%), imports came at $22.5 million (54.8%). Belarus had a deficit of $112,000 in trade with Georgia.

In 2015 Belarus’ major exports were tobacco, medicines, wooden sleepers, timber, furniture, milk, dry and concentrated cream, tires, electrical transformers, mixed mineral fertilizers, tractors and trucks, pumps, woodworking products.

Belarus imported nuts, vegetables, mineral water, grape wine, hard drinks, ferrous alloys, and oil products.

In January 2016, the trade between the two countries totaled $2,624,900, up by 8.7% from the same period of 2015. The export increased by 33%, while the import dropped by 20%. Belarus had a foreign trade surplus of $853,300.

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