MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) - In the face of economic pressure, Belarus and Russia need to make a greater use of mutual potential, pooling together our industrial, human and scientific resources to implement projects, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko told media following the 13th meeting of the Business Cooperation Council of Belarus and St. Petersburg in Minsk on 20 April, BelTA has learned.
"In the face of the hostile economic environment, we need to move forward even faster, make a greater use of mutual potential, pooling together our industrial, human and scientific resources for projects," Roman Golovchenko said. "This is the only way, through joint efforts, towards our independence and technological sovereignty, further sustainable economic development."
The prime minister noted that he had discussed in detail with Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov the key areas and priorities of cooperation that need to be implemented in the near future. "First of all, this is the continuation of the participation of Belarusian manufacturers in the important municipal programs of St. Petersburg (transport and utility reforms, the elevator replacement program), including the production of new types of passenger, utility and special-purpose vehicles for the needs of St. Petersburg," the head of government said.
The parties also agreed to continue and fully support the industrial cooperation projects, technical re-equipment of enterprises.
"Further development of cooperation on transshipment of Belarusian export cargo using the port infrastructure of St. Petersburg is still of great interest. Transshipment volumes are constantly growing, and we are grateful to St. Petersburg for the support in this matter," Roman Golovchenko emphasized. "We will, as before, pay great attention to the always relevant topic , namely food supplies as an important element of ensuring food security."
According to him, bilateral cooperation, of course, is not complete without interaction in science and technology. "Following today's meeting of the Business Cooperation Council, we adopted a roadmap for 2023-2025 to support joint scientific and technological projects to be carried out jointly by educational and scientific organizations of Belarus and St. Petersburg," the prime minister said.
"The interaction between Belarus and the city on the Neva River is based on a trusting, engaged and open dialogue based on friendship and mutual respect," he concluded.
In turn, Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov noted that it is very comfortable to work with Belarus. As an example, he told how Belarus helped with utility vehicles running on gas engine fuel. As for industrial cooperation, he stressed: "We are not competitors. We complement each other."