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24 May 2023, 19:59

Belarus eager to sell more vehicles to Russia's Republic of Karelia

MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – It is necessary to increase deliveries of Belarusian machines, vehicles, equipment to Karelia. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko mentioned it after meeting with Head of Russia's Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko said: “There is a strong demand for BelAZ haul trucks: 17 vehicles with the carrying capacity of 220 tonnes will be shipped this year. But the demand is even higher. Artur Olegovich [Parfenchikov] approached me on behalf of Karelia's private sector with the idea of increasing vehicle deliveries. And I've given the relevant instruction. Belarusian companies will do their best to try to satisfy demand and occupy the market niche, which we must not surrender to anyone after the withdrawal of Western manufacturers.”

Roman Golovchenko
Roman Golovchenko

The prime minister also remarked that there is a potential for cooperation in fish industry, which is very well-developed in Karelia. “A huge amount of feed, additives for fish is consumed. Belarus has everything for it. Capabilities of the Belarusian National Biotechnology Corporation can satisfy the region's demand virtually completely. But it is not happening for now. Although the BNBC has reached the commercial operation stage only recently, there are certain issues with recipes and the product promotion strategy. It is necessary to take care of all of it,” he noted.

Artur Parfenchikov
Artur Parfenchikov

Cooperation in transportation is also on the agenda. “I think Petrozavodsk and Karelia as a whole represent an attractive tourist destination not only for Russians but for Belarusians, too. It is necessary to build appropriate infrastructure here, prepare the city and the region for welcoming a large number of tourists. I am referring to passenger transport, for instance. Belarus is ready to offer it all in order to create the most up-to-date mass transit system together with colleagues,” the Belarusian head of government added.

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