MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) - Belarus' export opportunities were displayed at the agricultural forum TajBelAgro, which took place in Dushanbe as part of the Belarus-Tajikistan intergovernmental commission on 7 April, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry.
The participants were greeted by Belarus' Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko and Minister of Agriculture of Tajikistan Sulaimon Ziyozoda. The ministers emphasized that such events help strengthen both trade and economic and cultural ties between the two countries, to appreciate the quality of products and discuss options for mutually beneficial cooperation. All this contributes not only to the conclusion of contracts on mutual supplies of agricultural products and machinery but also to the study of options for cooperation, the ministers added.
Belarus-Tajikistan relations have been vibrant in recent years. Despite the geographical distance between the two countries, mutually beneficial cooperation has been steadily increasing. Mutual trade has grown five and a half times since 2016 to exceed $100 million in 2020. “The potential for further development of bilateral cooperation is still hugely untapped, and the parties need to set new goals. Today, the main task is to develop large-scale cooperation in all economic areas, create conditions for balanced, mutually beneficial trade with ensuring an annually growing trend, as well as actively implement joint projects, primarily in agriculture and industrial cooperation,” the Agriculture and Food Ministry said in a statement.
At the TajBelAgro forum representatives of agro-industrial and trade enterprises of the two countries got familiar with the export opportunities of Belarus and ways of development of the Belarusian agriculture, the potential of Tajikistan's agriculture and the prospects for bilateral cooperation in crop and livestock production. The forum also addressed the issues of industrial cooperation in the production of agricultural machinery. The business community was provided with information on the requirements of Tajikistan for certification of food products and procedures for customs clearance of exports, imports and transit through the country, received the necessary information on working with trading networks.