MINSK, 19 August (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia's Yugra have plenty of common ground for cooperation, Chairman of the Standing Commission on Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Rusy told the media after the meeting with the delegation of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug–Yugra of Russia led by Deputy Governor Roman Genkel, BelTA has learned.
“This region is unique and interesting for joint work. However, the current volume of mutual trade is not satisfactory while there is plenty of points of contact. Our counterparts need, for example, logging equipment, transport, electric buses and autonomous trolley buses, haulers, and tractor equipment. This visit is taking place at a very good time: the heads of state have set the import substitution task, and Belarus can offer a lot in oil exploration, oil production, new and advanced technologies that Russia used to buy from the West before. Every year Yugra hosts major international IT technology events. Belarus Hi-Tech Park sees a lot of points of contact for the joint development of this economic sector,” said Mikhail Rusy.
The senator recalled that as part of the implementation of 28 roadmaps of the Union State cooperation, the heads of state had set the task to reach a unified energy system. “And the transport logistics. Attention is also paid to the supply of food, especially fish products. At the Forum of Regions in Mogilev an agreement on cooperation was signed between Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug and three Belarusian regions. The agreement will be prolonged. There are many points of contact in the humanitarian sector as well. As for youth, culture, and the protection of historical memory, Belarusian steps in these areas are very similar to the work of our counterparts. We have received many interesting proposals from them,” he said.