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16 May 2023, 10:15

Belarus, Russia's Vladimir Oblast to step up cooperation in agriculture

Photo courtesy of the Economy Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Economy Ministry

MINSK, 16 May (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia's Vladimir Oblast are well poised to build up trade and economic cooperation, Belarus' Economy Minister Aleksandr Chervyakov said as he met with the Belarus-Vladimir Oblast cooperation working group, BelTA learned from the press service of the Economy Ministry.

According to Aleksandr Chervyakov, the trade between Belarus and Vladimir Oblast reached a six-year high in 2022. “As far as the manufacturing sector is concerned, our enterprises are interested in increasing the supply of metal products, transformers, component parts. MAZ and BelAZ are ready to supply their equipment, provide high-quality and timely maintenance and repair service. The possibility of setting up a factory to assemble low-power tractors and municipal equipment in the region is under discussion. We are interested in participating in projects to renew the region's pool of passenger vehicles. We also suggest intensifying cooperation in agriculture. We could diversify and increase the export of food and agricultural raw materials,” the minister said.

According to him, the experience and best practices of Belarusian construction specialists can come in handy in the construction and overhaul of schools, social infrastructure facilities, and roads in Vladimir Oblast. “Joint import-substitution projects to launch production of diagnostic kits and medicines are of particular importance in the current conditions. In my opinion, it is necessary to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of medicine and healthcare. We have the necessary capacities to bring these plans to fruition,” Aleksandr Chervyakov stressed.

The participants of the event welcomed the successful implementation of the agreements reached during last year's meeting of the working group. Concrete steps were also outlined to implement the cooperation agreement between Belarus and Vladimir Oblast in 2023.

At the end of the meeting, 11 agreements were signed. These documents are expected to help strengthen cooperation in various areas of economic and humanitarian activities (investment, business support, exports, crop production, tourism, culture, etc.).

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