MINSK, 1 October (BelTA) - Belarus' latest economic technology and products are in demand in Syria, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Syrian Yuri Sluka said as he met with Belarusian manufacturers taking part in the Rebuild SYRIA exhibition which opened in Damascus on 29 September, BelTA learned from the exhibition company Belinterexpo of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“Following more than 10 years of armed conflict, the Syrian Arab Republic badly needs modern technologies, including those in housing construction, industrial and road construction, machine building and tractor construction. The list of industries is endless. Syrian local consumers are absolutely confident in the quality of Belarusian products and machinery. We are welcome here. I think that the participation of Belarusian companies in such exhibitions is another step towards our goal. I am confident that we will achieve corresponding success,” the diplomat said.
The exposition of Belarusian manufacturers Made in Belarus features seven domestic enterprises showcasing goods and services that are necessary to implement projects to restore the infrastructure and economy of Syria. New tractor models adapted to work in a hot climate has been brought to the exhibition by one of the world's leading agricultural machinery manufacturers, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark). MTZ vehicles are already widely represented in the Syrian market. More than 2,000 tractors Belarus work in the country.
Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ trademark) has also showcased its products. Minsk Motor Plant has displayed its lineup of modern diesel engines, spare parts and other products. Brest Electrotechnical Plant has demonstrated railway automation, telemechanics and communication equipment. “Its products fully meet the requirements of the local market because the railway infrastructure of Syria was designed according to the Soviet standards. Today Syria's railway communication system is 80% destroyed, so its restoration has become an important task for the government,” the exhibition company said.
The Made in Belarus exposition has also featured the European Agrarian Agency Specstroy. The company constructs buildings and structures, including multi-storey one, dismantles and demolishes them, sorts and recycles construction waste. Cattle selection and breeding, and construction of dairy farms is another line of business for the company. The company drew interest of Syrian partners, Belinterexpo said.
Belagro Bel, a group of companies suppling agricultural complexes, is taking part in the Syria exhibition in a remote format. "The remote format involves negotiations with potential business partners without leaving Belarus. Belinterexpo has its representatives on site, in Damascus and they acquaint Syrian visitors with the proposals of Belarusian manufacturers," Belinterexpo informed.
The Made in Belarus exposition of Belarusian manufacturers was attended by Syrian Minister of Public Works and Housing Suhail Muhammad Abdul Latif. He got acquainted with the proposals of Belarusian enterprises, gave them recommendations on ways to promote products and services in the local market, and also assured of his support.
The participants of the Belarusian exposition held a number of meetings with representatives of government bodies and business community of Syria. In particular, meetings were held with Vice President of the Syrian Federation of Chambers of Commerce Labib al-Ekhwan, representative of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Syria Riad Hamad, the president of the Federation of the Syrian Chambers of Agriculture, and also with MP, President of Damascus Countryside Chamber of Commerce Osama Mustafa, members of the Syrian-Belarusian Business Council and Belarusian Ambassador to Syria Yuri Sluka. Belarus' delegation visited the city of Homs and the Hisyah industrial zone located 120km away from Damscus.
Belinterexpo informed that together with their Syrian partners, they are planning to organize a series of congress and exhibition events, which will be held in a hybrid format alternately in Syria and Belarus. This will enable representatives of various industries to find business partners, the company said.
The Made in Belarus exposition of Belarusian manufacturers at the Rebuild SYRIA Exhibition has been organized with the support of the Belarusian Embassy in Syria.
Rebuild SYRIA has been held in the Syrian capital since 2015. In 2019, it drew 389 companies from 31 countries and was attended by more than 40,000 people.