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07 June 2022, 11:25

Belarus, Russia's Primorye Territory almost double mutual trade in 2021

MINSK, 7 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia's Primorye Territory increased mutual trade almost two times in 2021, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Leonid Zayats said at a meeting with a delegation of the Primorye Territory in Minsk on 7 June, BelTA has learned.

“We have been cooperating with Primorye Territory for many years. The mutual trade increases every year. In 2021, it amounted to $32.7 million, a nearly twofold growth. We supply industrial and agricultural equipment and foodstuffs, and, in general, constantly expand the range of our supplies. In January-April 2022, the trade increased by almost 1.9 times,” said Leonid Zayats.

According to him, the delegation of Primorye Territory has come to Belarus with new interesting proposals. In particular, plans are in place to advance cooperation in industrial and agricultural sectors. The Russian region is interested in training agricultural specialists, seed production and setting up of joint ventures.

“We have a lot in common, there are many reserves that could be involved in joint activities. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko's visit to Primorye Territory has given a new impetus to trade and economic relations. There are plans to supply elevators and innovative parking lots to Vladivostok,” the vice premier said.

The parties also discussed the issue of loading containers on the territory of Belarus, so they would not go empty back to Primorye Territory. Today more than 500 such containers pass through Belarus, the deputy prime minister added.

According to Leonid Zayats, there is a demonstration site of Belarusian equipment in the Far East created by MAZ, MTZ and the Far East Center.

“We have a very extensive program for further cooperation, and it will be constantly supplemented,” he concluded.

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