KAZAN, 22 September (BelTA) – Belarus' Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko took stock of the results of the official visit of Belarus' government delegation to Russia's Kazan and Ufa, BelTA has learned.
“Tatarstan and Bashkortostan are industrialized regions, and we have long-standing business contacts with them. Now it is time to re-examine our cooperation in view of the sanctions that prompted us to take action to ensure the smooth operation of our enterprises. Therefore, we have brought a large business delegation here. Everyone is familiar with each other, we don't need to introduce anyone. Yet, it was necessary to compare notes and take prompt decisions to ensure uninterrupted mutual supplies and, most importantly, to ramp up production volumes,” said Roman Golovchenko.
The prime minister described the visit as quite successful. “A large number of commercial contracts were signed here in Tatarstan, and in Bashkortostan yesterday. In addition to contracts, we discussed export/import plans for the next year. This will help businesses to make the right production plans. In principle, our problem now is not so much about getting contracts, but rather about fulfilling them due to a great demand for Belarusian products, primarily engineering products. The topic of import substitution is also on the agenda. For example, when negotiating with Russia's industry giant KAMAZ, we saw that the Belarusian industry appeared to be the lifeline that allowed KAMAZ to maintain high-volume manufacturing due to Belarus-made components. These are the examples of cooperation and import substitution,” he noted.
“I am sure that every Belarusian executive will take home either contracts, or money, or arrangements for the next year,” Roman Golovchenko stated.