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Czechia invites Brest Oblast to develop joint environmental projects

Economy 20.04.2017 | 17:48

BREST, 20 April (BelTA) – The Czech Republic and Brest Oblast are interested in the development of joint environmental projects, Chairman of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee Anatoly Lis said as he met with Czech Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Jiri Koliba, BelTA has learned.

“You have a wealth of experience in the field of environmentally sound technologies. I believe that this is the area where we should cooperate. I would be happy if we found common ground and established cooperation in this area,” Jiri Koliba said.

Anatoly Lis supported the proposal and said that the interaction in the environmental matters is very important . Brest Oblast has been successfully implementing projects in conjunction with European organizations, the UNDP. “In 2019 Brest will celebrate its 1000th anniversary. We are implementing the Smart City program which addresses environmental issues as well. We have a waste processing plant and are working on wastewater treatment. In the future, we would like to implement projects to process solid municipal waste. Our region produces 600,000-700,000 tonnes of waste annually,” the governor said.

The parties also discussed the ways of bolstering ties in the timber industry, agricultural mechanical engineering and metalworking, setting up joint manufactures of electric boilers for household and industrial purposes.

Last year the trade between Brest Oblast and the Czech Republic amounted to about $15 million. In January-February 2017, it made up $3.1 million (an increase of 189%). “Brest Oblast major exports to the Czech Republic are lead, timber products, baby toys, and peat. We can explore more areas to build up the bilateral trade. We are interested in many goods made in the Czech Republic. We hope that our products will be in demand in the market of the Czech Republic and the EU,” Anatoly Lis said.

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