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20 June 2022, 14:01

Belarus' PM names promising avenues of cooperation with Uzbekistan

MINSK, 20 June (BelTA) – Belarus' Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko outlined cooperation avenues with Uzbekistan as he met with Prime Minister of this country Abdulla Aripov, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko thanked Uzbekistan for supporting cooperation projects. “This applies to MTZ tractors, and special equipment based on MAZ vehicles, and the localization of production of rescue and quarry equipment,” he noted.

There are plans to intensify cooperation in agriculture. “Members of your delegation will be able to study the operation of Belarusian dairy complexes based entirely on domestic technologies,” the prime minister noted.

Belarus is also ready to supply wooden house kits for tourist facilities of Uzbekistan and to furnish them with Belarus' materials and furniture. “Uzbekistan might also be interested in other woodworking products made in Belarus. We can offer not only furniture, but also raw materials for Uzbekistan's furniture industry. These are chipboard, MDF, fiberboard, and plywood,” Roman Golovchenko said.

“Serious work is underway on all the healthcare agreements that we reached. This pertains to the registration and supply of Uzbekistan-made medicines to Belarus, as well as the launch of pharmaceutical production in Uzbekistan. We are also ready to expand cooperation in education,” the Belarusian head of government added.

In 2021, the trade between Belarus and Uzbekistan amounted to $301.9 million, up by 7.8% over 2020; the export was estimated at $245.4 million, up by 3.3%. Belarus posted a trade surplus of $188.9 million. Belarus' major exports in 2021 were specific goods, meat and meat products, medicines, vinyl chloride polymers, milk powder, diagnostic reagents. Belarus' major imports from Uzbekistan were cotton yarn, fresh and dried fruits, specific products, rolled copper, bed linen.

In January - April 2022, the bilateral trade amounted to $121.2 million, up by 32.5% year-on-year. The export stood at $92.6 million, up by 17.7%.

Uzbekistan is home to 103 organizations founded by residents of Belarus, as well as offices of Autopromsnab-Spedition, Softclub, AmantisMed and BelVitunipharm.

A factory to assemble Belarusian machinery – AMKODOR-AGROTEXMASH - was set up by Amkodor. MAZ and KRANTAS GROUP, as well as MTZ and UZAVTOSANOAT keep cooperating in the field of vehicle and tractor production.

The Marko company is implementing a joint project to produce footwear in Uzbekistan. Svetlogorsk Plant of Welding Electrodes is running an investment project through the company MONOLITH ASIA it launched in Tashkent. A number of joint pharmaceutics projects are also running in Uzbekistan.

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