MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) - The first train with 1,200 tonnes of peat has left Belarus for China. An official ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states took place in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone, BelTA has learned.
The event was attended by representatives of the park, the Energy Ministry, Beltopgaz, Chinese companies and other guests.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to raise bilateral cooperation to a new level during their meeting in Samarkand last week. “According to its results, our countries have established all-weather and all-round strategic cooperation and signed a number of agreements. Both states and country leaders intend to further develop the Great Stone Industrial Park, a major joint project. Today our joint work is more important than ever,” said deputy head of the park's administration Oleg Tabanyukhov. “Today the first train with such an important resource as peat has left for China. The friendly country will receive 1,200 tonnes of the resource. Peat is in demand in the power industry, agriculture, chemical industry and medicine. The reserves of peat in Belarus are estimated at more than 2 billion tonnes,” he said.
According to Oleg Tabanyukhov, the current ceremony was also intended to celebrate the successes of the two countries, such as the signing of a cooperation agreement with the international land port of Gansu in Lanzhou. “Today we have sent peat symbolically. Our task is to organize the processing of peat in the Great Stone using the latest Chinese technology. Then our products with high added value will go to China. This is already being planned by both China and Belarus,” he said.
The deputy head of the park is sure that this is only the first step on the way of cooperation between Belarus and China. The bilateral partnership has a huge potential that can be used. For example, the Great Stone has good opportunities to set up new industries. “Our cooperation will be effective, and we will implement many more interesting initiatives,” he concluded.
The Great Stone stressed that the supply of the first batch of peat would play a big role in the development of trade cooperation between the countries, satisfy China's ever-growing domestic demand for peat-based fertile soil, and increase export revenues to Belarus. “Today, Belarusian peat products meet China's growing demand for soil improvement and reclamation products, while China's supply of these products mainly depends on imports from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia,” the park explained.