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28 May 2024, 18:10

Belarus, Russia’s Altai sign cooperation action plan for 2024-2026 

MINSK, 28 May (BelTA) – Following the 9th meeting of the bilateral commission for the coordination of cooperation the Belarusian government and the Altai Territory administration signed a protocol and an action plan for 2024-2026 to the agreement on cooperation in trade, economy, science, technology and culture of 22 October 2014, BelTA has learned. 
Belarusian First Deputy Industry Minister Aleksandr Ogorodnikov emphasized that in cooperation with Altai Territory in the next few years Belarus will prioritize the manufacturing sector and agriculture where the two sides have achieved good results. For example, manufacturers from Altai Territory supply MTZ with the key import-substituting parts for the production of famous Belarusian tractors, which are then sold to all regions of Russia. Altai Territory, in addition, buys a large number of farm machines and equipment manufactured by Gomselmash, Bobruiskagromash, etc., despite the fact that it has a sufficient amount of trailed and mounted equipment of its own production. 

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There are other promising areas of cooperation for the next couple of years. Civil unmanned aviation can be taken as an example. “We are talking about unmanned farming systems and beyond, as unmanned aviation has a wide range of applications. A very good topic is interaction with educational institutions. We are ready to train students of Altai universities on our equipment, so that the graduates would later choose the equipment they know how to use,” Aleksandr Ogorodnikov said. 

According to him, there are no obvious unresolved issues in cooperation with Russia’s Altai Territory today. Some areas of cooperation, however, require more flexibility. For example, Belarus sells machinery and provides aftersales services. “We want to transfer the experience of putting any vehicle on wheels within a day to all regions of Russia. For this purpose, we are introducing service meetings and send a team with a set of spare parts to any point in the region in order to repair any vehicle within the shortest possible time. This applies, of course, to Altai Territory as well,” First Deputy Industry Minister Aleksandr Ogorodnikov said.

Photos by Nadezhda Kostetskaya 
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