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16 November 2022, 10:42

Belarus' Industry Ministry ready to strengthen cooperation with Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast

MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) - Enterprises of the Belarusian Industry Ministry are interested in strengthening cooperative ties with Chelyabinsk Oblast of the Russian Federation, Industry Minister Aleksandr Rogozhnik said as he met with the official delegation of this Russian region, headed by Governor Aleksei Teksler, on 15 November, BelTA learned from the press service of the Industry Ministry.

“In the conditions of foreign economic challenges Belarusian and Russian enterprises are looking for new areas of cooperation and sale of goods,” said Aleksandr Rogozhnik. In this regard, he stressed the importance of building effective long-term relationships.

Aleksei Teksler also expressed interest in the development of trade and economic relations between the regions, stressing that the topic of import substitution for Belarus and Russia is more relevant today than ever.

At the meeting with the heads of large industrial enterprises of the two countries the parties talked about building up technological, production and logistical chains in the interests of the economies of the two regions. In particular, the top managers of the enterprises put forward specific proposals on supplies of necessary equipment for the enterprises (both ready-made equipment and within the framework of implementation of cooperation projects).

The participants also discussed issues related to the participation of Belarusian enterprises in the technical re-equipment and modernization of industrial organizations in Chelyabinsk Oblast within the framework of import substitution programs. Belarusian enterprises of the machine-tool industry expressed their readiness and interest in supplying machine-tool equipment within the framework of technical re-equipment and modernization programs for industrial enterprises of Chelyabinsk Oblast.

Mogilevliftmash confirmed its readiness to meet the demand of Chelyabinsk Oblast for elevator equipment both for new buildings and as part of elevator replacement programs.

The project to launch assembly production of BELARUS-2103 caterpillar vehicles at ChTZ-Uraltrak (Chelyabinsk) is seen as promising, with subsequent localization of production of parts and units of transmission, running gear, blade and frame at the Chelyabinsk Oblast enterprises.

According to official statistics, there was a steady positive trend in the work of the Belarusian Industry Ministry organizations on the Chelyabinsk Oblast market in January-September 2022. The trade of the Belarusian Industry Ministry enterprises with this Russian region increased by a third in the first nine months compared to the same period last year and exceeded $165 million, with exports going up by almost a quarter - up to $30 million.

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