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21 February 2020, 18:02

Bishkek considering buying Belarusian e-buses

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MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) – Belarusian electric buses might emerge on the streets of Bishkek, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Kukharev said at the session of the Belarus-Kyrgyzstan intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation on 21 February, BelTA has learned.

“Belarusian manufacturers are ready to meet all Kyrgyzstan's needs for passenger transport, trucks and municipal vehicles. Kyrgyzstan has plans to purchase new passenger vehicles for its capital city and other towns. In December last year their delegation toured Belarusian companies and saw the latest models developed by MAZ and Belkommunmash. It is encouraging that we managed to get them interested in our electric buses and trolleybuses with an autonomous run and to embark on talks on supplying these vehicles to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan,” Vladimir Kukharev said.

Vladimir Kukharev
Vladimir Kukharev

The vice premier is confident that taking into consideration Kyrgyzstan's manufacturing capacities, the two countries can seriously consider establishing assembly factories. Thus, Minsk Electrotechnical Plant named after V.I. Kozlov could help set up a factory to assemble converters, Mogilevliftmash could take part in a project to assemble elevators, while BelOMO could launch joint production of gas meters.

The session of the intergovernmental commission will result in signing a cooperation agreement in agriculture and food production between the Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of Kyrgyzstan.

A cooperation agreement in trade, economy, science, technology, humanitarian field and culture is to be signed by the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee and the Office of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Kyrgyzstan Government to Chuy Region.

A cooperation agreement is also to be signed by Minsk Electrotechnical Plant named after V.I. Kozlov and Mashelectrosnab.

In 2019 Belarus-Kyrgyzstan trade amounted to $106.9 million, down 18.5% over 2018. Belarus posted a trade surplus of $90.3 million. Belarus' major exports were

dairy products, tractors and truck tractors, poultry meat and offal, medicines, furniture and chipboards. Belarus' major imports from Kyrgyzstan included component parts and accessories for cars and tractors, radiators, harvesting machinery, vegetables and fruit.

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