MINSK, 25 September (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to participate in tenders for the delivery of vehicles, machines, and equipment to Russia's Irkutsk Oblast. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko made the relevant statement as he met with Irkutsk Oblast Governor Igor Kobzev on 25 September, BelTA has learned.
Belarus is primarily interested in cooperation in the production sector, in particular, sales of vehicles and equipment. “We are ready to participate in tenders for the delivery of trucks, forestry machines, passenger vehicles, municipal vehicles, road construction machines on equal terms with other manufacturers for the sake of implementing large-scale infrastructure projects in Irkutsk Oblast. Moreover, we have the relevant experience,” Roman Golovchenko said.
Apart from that, Roman Golovchenko believes that cooperation in the sphere of environmental protection and natural resources, in the processing of municipal waste, and in providing households with clean drinking water looks promising.
Belarus is also ready to export more food to Irkutsk Oblast.
According to Roman Golovchenko, Belarus and Irkutsk Oblast have all the infrastructure they need to advance the relations. “There are agreements on trade, economic, scientific, and technical cooperation. There is a working group led by the governor of Brest Oblast on the Belarusian side. Since 2016 – when the agreement was signed – we've been observing rather steady trade growth from the modest $70 million in 2016 to the record high $284 million in 2019,” the Belarusian head of government said.
Yet he believes that this figure is not the limit. “It is understandable that this year we are unlikely to accomplish much due to the circumstances everyone knows. Nevertheless, we have to make up for what has been lost due to no fault of our own. We should tap into all the available reserves,” Roman Golovchenko believes.
Roman Golovchenko believes it is important to make Belarusian-Russian relations stronger. “Particularly in this complicated period when both our countries face massive external pressure and attempts to teach us how to live our lives, how to build the economy and the political system, attempts to squeeze us into some templates that our nations don't accept,” he noted.
Roman Golovchenko went on saying: “For Belarus Irkutsk Oblast is a reliable and tested partner. As the Belarus president stressed today we should shake things up a bit in order to get mobilized and use the available cooperation resources and reserves despite certain geographical remoteness.”