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03 November 2022, 15:59

Ability of Belarusian mechanical engineering enterprises to quickly substitute imports emphasized

MINSK, 3 November (BelTA) – Belarusian mechanical engineering enterprises have managed to promptly make anti-sanction models of machines, vehicles, and equipment. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko mentioned it as he met with Governor of Russia's Rostov Oblast Vasily Golubev, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko said: “Positive changes are happening in our trade, economic, and humanitarian cooperation. There is steady positive dynamics. Trade turnover is the key indicator. This year's trade has surpassed the figure registered in the same period of 2021 by 30%. Export from Belarus to Rostov Oblast and vice versa is on the rise. Your visit at the head of a major delegation is of huge significance for further progress. It will allow not only summing up the results but working out plans for the near future. We just have to find new areas we can explore and identify the bottlenecks.”

The participation of Belarusian companies in efforts to renew the fleet of passenger vehicles is an important avenue of cooperation. Roman Golovchenko said: “We are interested in expanding cooperation. We know about your government procurement plans. We have mastered the production of an absolutely new generation of passenger vehicles – conventional ones, vehicles powered by diesel engines, by gas, and by electricity. Our mechanical engineering companies have managed to make so-called anti-sanction models within a short period of time. In other words, those models are 100% free from import. Respectively nothing threatens our manufacturing programs. Naturally, we've accomplished that in association with Russian manufacturers.”

As for tram infrastructure, it has been preserved and there are plans to expand it. “Various options are available: acquisition of new rolling stock and modernization of the existing stock,” the Belarusian head of government added.

Belarus also has something to offer as far as utility trucks are concerned such as fire trucks and municipal vehicles. “We would very much like to talk about it. We've managed to find our bearings fast and despite the cessation of deliveries of some components we can still satisfy the demand for absolutely all kinds of these vehicles,” Roman Golovchenko stressed.

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