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13 Oct 2016

Belarus, Russia's Kurgan Oblast urged to boost bilateral trade

Belarus, Russia's Kurgan Oblast urged to boost bilateral trade

MINSK, 13 October (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia's Kurgan Oblast can reach a mark of $100 million in bilateral trade, Belarus’ Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said as he met with Kurgan Oblast Governor Aleksei Kokorin, BelTA has learned.

“We need to reach at least $100 million in mutual trade. I think that this goal is feasible,” Andrei Kobyakov said. Priority should be given to cooperation in trade, engineering, industry, and agriculture.

For example, broad opportunities open up in cooperation with Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ trademark). The plant offers a wide range of gas-engine passenger vehicles. “We are ready to make deliveries, and can offer good terms: leasing, subsidized interest rate or soft lending,” the Prime Minister said. Belshina, Minsk Motor Plant, and Avtokomponenty Holding Company have an interest in the cooperation with Kurgan Oblast enterprises.

Belarus, Russia's Kurgan Oblast urged to boost bilateral tradeWith regard to industrial cooperation, proposals have been made to use MAZ chassis for special-use equipment, including fire equipment. Interaction can also be established within the framework of the projects with the Chinese company Zoomlion.

Cooperation in the agricultural sector holds good prospects as well. Belarus is ready to assist in the modernization of agriculture, construction of dairy farms, provision of milking parlors, development of livestock breeding, and construction of agro-towns. “We can offer a full lineup of agricultural machinery, from soil preparation to harvesting. There are options and opportunities to terms of setting up assembly plants,” the Belarusian head of government said. He also invited the Kurgan Oblast delegation to participate in the Belagro expo.

Belarus, Russia's Kurgan Oblast urged to boost bilateral tradeThe Belarusian side suggests cooperation in housing and utilities services, road and housing construction. Belarus stands ready to supply any amount of elevator equipment. “We have good experience in Russia in this regard. We have implemented the projects to build apartment houses, even entire neighborhoods and infrastructure. Although Kurgan Oblast is not a short distance to Belarus, still I think we could find some opportunities for cooperation,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

Aleksei Kokorin agreed that cooperation in the abovementioned areas is beneficial for Belarus and Kurgan Oblast. “The trade turnover in January-August 2016 almost reached the level of 2015. The statistics do not include the supplies of distribution companies, which means that the real figures are much higher. We, however, cannot feel complacent about it. We set forth ambitious goals,” said the Governor.

Belarus, Russia's Kurgan Oblast urged to boost bilateral tradeAt the end of the meeting the Governments of Belarus and Kurgan Oblast signed an action plan of cooperation in trade, economy, science and culture for 2017-2019.

Kurgan and Gomel concluded a memorandum of economic, social and cultural cooperation.

In January-August 2016 the trade between Belarus and Russia’s Kurgan Oblast totaled $20.2 million ($10.9 million in January-August 2015).

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