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06 April 2021, 19:34

Belarus-Tajikistan trade, economic cooperation discussed

MINSK, 6 April (BelTA) – As a Belarusian delegation visited Tajikistan, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko met with Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Gulmakhmadzoda Davlatshoh Kurbonali. The sides discussed manufacturing cooperation and the development of trade and economic cooperation, the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry press service told BelTA.

Belarus and Tajikistan have signed over 60 bilateral agreements. Regular sessions of the Belarus-Tajikistan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation are held. The sessions help implement new bilateral projects and help increase trade turnover.

Since 2016 Belarus-Tajikistan trade has increased by 5.5 times to $111.7 in 2020. Belarus' export rose by virtually 6.2 times to $109.6 million or 330.1% as against 2019. Import totaled $2.1 million. Foreign trade surplus stood at $107.5 million.

Photo courtesy of the press service of the Agriculture and Food Ministry
Photo courtesy of the press service of the Agriculture and Food Ministry

Belarus' main exports to Tajikistan are automobiles, sugar, tractors and truck tractors, flour, meat by-products and fish, stationery made of paper and cardboard, chipboards and other goods. Belarus imports cotton yarn, dried fruits, mixtures of nuts and dried fruits, green cotton yarn.

An AOZT Agrotekhservis enterprise to assemble Belarusian agricultural machines has been set up in Hisor. A center to train operators and maintenance specialists for the agricultural machines used in Tajikistani fields functions there as well. The Belarusian side is interested in expanding the product range the enterprise assembles by including forage harvesters, mounted tools, and more tractors.

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