MINSK, 28 April (BelTA) – Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko spoke about new priorities in cooperation with Russia's Irkutsk Oblast after his meeting with Irkutsk Oblast Governor Igor Kobzev on 28 April, BelTA has learned.
According to Roman Golovchenko, any plan is a reference point for the movement. “There are always new topics, new priorities in the development of regions. Our meeting has even taken a little longer than it was planned, because we tried to go over all the points where the interaction could be strengthened. We have found new topics, which should be substantially elaborated. This pertains to cooperation in the forestry sector. The region has big plans to build a center for growing forest crops. We offer our technologies and opportunities for forestry mechanization, logging, and reforestation. We also discussed construction industry issues and participation of Belarusian organizations in the region's construction and infrastructure projects. We already have a great experience in various Russian regions. We will specifically work on this topic,” he said. The prime minister instructed the Brest Oblast Executive Committee, responsible for cooperation with Irkutsk Oblast of Russia, to work on the issue.
The government of the region also supported the topic of food exports. “Belarus is one of the world's largest exporters of food products. We are among the first in the world in cheese and butter. That is why we have to task to increase supplies to the Chinese market. China is a neighbor of Irkutsk Oblast, and there are many businesses operating in the region. Why not use logistical and commercial opportunities of the Russian region to increase supplies of Belarusian products to the Chinese market? We need to deal with these issues, to involve businesses that are active in the region. In the current climate we need to go into turbo mode,” Roman Golovchenko concluded.
The Belarusian governmental delegation led by Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko is on a working visit to three Russian regions – Novosibirsk Oblast, Irkutsk Oblast and Sverdlovsk Oblast on 26-28 April.