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17 Jan 2017

Belarus ready to help develop Sudan’s production sector, infrastructure

Belarus ready to help develop Sudan’s production sector, infrastructure

KHARTOUM, 17 January (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to participate in projects meant to develop the production sector and the infrastructure of Sudan. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement during expanded-participation negotiations with Sudan President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir on 17 January, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “We already have reliable partners for exporting agricultural machines and trucks. Contact points have been found in agrarian and defense affairs. Nevertheless, a lot has yet to be done. Our job is to reinforce the high level of political trust with economic results. You are correct that it is time for us to shore up political cooperation with economy.”

Sudan President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir In his words, Belarus will consider any options for taking part in projects to develop the production sector and infrastructure of Sudan. In particular, Belarus can directly supply haul trucks, road construction machines, utility vehicles, loaders, various modifications of tractors, trucks, and buses, industrial equipment, electrical equipment, optics and electronics. Several export loan schemes are available.

The Belarusian head of state noted: “Belarus is interested in establishing enterprises to jointly produce agricultural machines and trucks at premises of Sudanese factories. A tractor assembly project may be the first one of this kind. However, it will be competitive in comparison with direct import only with assistance of the Sudanese government.”

Belarus President Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko also stated that Belarus has the solutions and technologies to improve Sudan’s food security. They can also bolster the country’s potential for crop farming, animal farming, irrigation, and dairy products manufacturing.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “The Belarusian experience of international cooperation in personnel training, science and technology, healthcare and pharmaceutics is worth noting. Various cooperation schemes can be chosen. Including the implementation of joint projects in Sudan for the sake of bolstering the social and economic potential of your country.”

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Belarusian R&D products, services, and merchandise boast high quality and a better value for money than many competitors from other countries.

Sudan President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir Alexander Lukashenko also believes that cooperation in geological exploration and the effective use of natural resources looks promising. “We are not talking only about oil and gas extraction but about rather new areas that can be useful in Africa. Such as artesian well drilling and the latest water purification technologies,” noted the Belarusian head of state.

Since Belarus-Sudan export and import are considerably misbalanced, Alexander Lukashenko suggested taking a closer look at merchandise export from Sudan to Belarus.

The Belarusian head of state was convinced: “Although we are separated by quite a distance, the fact will not hinder the efforts to bolster ties between our countries.”

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