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6 Apr 2015

Lukashenko: The Garlyk factory proves Belarus’ ability to build cutting-edge enterprises

MINSK, 6 April (BelTA) – The construction of the Garlyk mining and processing factory in Turkmenistan proves that Belarusians know how to build modern enterprises in addition to preserving and operating the legacy of past generations. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement on 6 April as he heard out a report from Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich. Mikhail Myasnikovich has been to Turkmenistan on a visit recently, BelTA has learned.

“We did the right thing by starting the construction of this factory. The experience and the schooling that our construction workers will get there are invaluable. It will signify that we are not rubes and are not limited to operating something created by our ancestors. Instead it will signify that we know how to build state-of-the-art enterprises. Most importantly, we are learning, we are improving construction methods and techniques,” said the head of state.

Talking to mass media after the meeting Mikhail Myasnikovich remarked that the Garlyk mining and processing factory is the largest facility Belarus has undertaken to build abroad so far. The construction of the facility utilizes cutting-edge technologies. A number of engineering solutions and instruments will make the factory in Turkmenistan even more advanced than the similar enterprise in Belarusian Soligorsk. “It means education, new technologies, a glimpse of a future that contains new projects implemented by our designers and construction workers abroad,” said the head of the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament.

Mikhail Myasnikovich went on saying that although the construction of the factory is the largest project, it is not the only important project in the development of Belarusian-Turkmen cooperation. “Rather good projects are being considered in other industries, primarily in the mechanical engineering industry,” he said.

“By the end of the year a major Belarusian vehicle center will become operational. Initially it was designed as a facility for Minsk Automobile Plant but we have adjusted the project. It will serve as a common representative office for Belarusian vehicles. It will offer presale inspection, aftersales service, and personnel training. Apart from that, today the president corrected our actions by saying the facility should represent the entire Belarusian economy. It should not be limited to handling mechanical engineering products,” said Mikhail Myasnikovich.

In his words, Belarus and Turkmenistan are considering working together in third countries, in particular, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thus, Belarusian products will be able to reach markets of other countries in the region by using the platform in Turkmenistan.

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