MINSK, 21 October (BelTA) – It is necessary to launch more projects to create innovative products under a Eurasian brand. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko made the statement during an expanded session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Yerevan, Armenia on 21 October, BelTA has learned.
Roman Golovchenko said: “Belarus is satisfied with progress of consideration of tighter cooperation possibilities in the manufacturing sector and the advancement of manufacturing cooperation ties. But we'd like to stress that time forces us to move faster. We cannot leave real projects mired in endless expert consultations.”
Contours of the work to create a joint pilot innovative product under a Eurasian brand are being actively discussed. “We are convinced that the pilot project Eurasian Electrobus that we've suggested allows inventorying the existing competences, concentrating efforts of the sides on ensuring technological sovereignty of the Eurasian Economic Union countries. But we need several projects like that. We should not focus only on one project. Either the Eurasian Economic Commission or any EAEU member state can deal with it and suggest its own variants. Certainly, Belarus can already suggest such projects if the colleagues are fine with it,” the prime minister noted.
Roman Golovchenko went on saying: “While we are working out financial terms, it is necessary to establish technological chains. It is complicated work, too. Discussion of the Eurasian Electrobus project demonstrates it. We have to walk the road but faster. If there are several projects, more time will be needed. I call for deciding who is going to do it: every country on its own or Belarus or the Eurasian Economic Commission. But we have to move forward.”
The prime minister said: “We expect the realization of our initiative and the resolution of financing issues (funding and preferences) to launch an irreversible process of further development of the manufacturing sector, the real sector of our economies on principles of technological sovereignty. Eurasian integration should primarily cater to interests of individual enterprises, the domestic private companies of the real sector of the economy. It is this sphere that forms a high added value, ensures employment, and serves as an engine of economic development of our union, which goals are clearly and concisely stipulated by the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty that was signed in 2014.”
“We believe that the operation of the development institutions we have created will continue to be geared towards enhancing the resilience of the EAEU economies and towards advancing integration processes. Their great potential – intellectual potential, financial potential, and technical potential – should be leveraged as much as possible in the course of this work,” Roman Golovchenko concluded.