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13 Jun 2018

Belarus, Russia urged to find compromise to ensure fair competition

Belarus, Russia urged to find compromise to ensure fair competition

MOSCOW, 13 June (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia need to find a compromise to ensure fair competition, Belarus’ Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said at a meeting of the Belarus-Russia Union State Council of Ministers in Moscow on 13 June, BelTA has learned.

“Our common goal is to find a mutually beneficial compromise to ensure fair and equal competition,” the prime minister said.

“Major concerns include access of Belarusian enterprises to government and municipal procurement programs and also access of the enterprises that manufacture and assemble Belarusian machinery to public procurement and subsidy programs. “Due to certain reasons relevant ministries apply different approaches to these issues,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

Belarus and Russia can increase trade to over $40 billion by means of developing the common market, setting up equal economic conditions, maintaining the capabilities of the machine-building industry and cooperation in agriculture, removing barriers and restrictions, creating the Union State product and promoting it to the markets of third countries.

This set of issues was worked out ahead of the current Union State Council of Ministers meeting by the inter-departmental sectoral working groups. “However, the practical results of the work remain quite modest. The process of solving problems is not moving as fast as we would like,” Andrei Kobyakov noted.


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