MINSK, 21 October (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to scale up cooperation in agriculture and construction with Sverdlovsk Oblast, Belarus Premier Sergei Rumas said as he met with Sverdlovsk Oblast Governor Evgeny Kuivashev on 21 October, BelTA has learned.
“I have studied the materials of the meeting. We can step up cooperation in traditional sectors, like manufacturing, agriculture and construction. I would like to discuss these cooperation avenues in detail. Belarus views Sverdlovsk Oblast as a reliable partner. We are very interested in cooperation with one of the industry hubs of the Russian Federation,” Sergei Rumas said.
At the meeting with the Belarusian head of state on 21 October, a task was set to boost trade between Belarus and Sverdlovsk Oblast and to outperform the year 2012 when the trade reached its peak of $580 million. “The head of state set the task to grow the trade up to $600 million. We need to be up to this challenge,” the premier said.
“The discussion at the Business Cooperation Council covered many themes. The head of state set some tasks and we would like to specify them in order to build a better understanding of what we should do,” Sergei Rumas noted.
Evgeny Kuivashev said that the cooperation agreement between Sverdlovsk Oblast and Belarus that will be in effect till 2021 opens up additional opportunities for cooperation. “The agreement provides for stepping up efforts in traditional areas of cooperation – mechanical engineering and agriculture. We also consider a possibility to deepen ties in energy and information technology,” he added.
“We know our growth points very well. We know how we can benefit our peoples and our businesses. Naturally, we have promising projects to achieve our goals. Cooperation between BelAZ and Sinara Group is a great example of cooperation in the manufacturing sector,” the governor said.More about Economy