MOSCOW, 27 December (BelTA) - Rector of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev shared his opinion concerning the industries in which Belarus and Russia will develop cooperation at a press conference on 26 December, BelTA has learned.
According to the expert, one of the 28 Union State integration programs, approved by the Supreme State Council of the Union State in November 2021, namely the 20th, is focused on a common industrial policy. “The big breakthrough here is that Russian companies in Belarus and Belarusian ones in Russia are allowed to participate in public procurement. To launch it, a draft agreement between the governments of our countries on a single industrial policy was approved. It will be approved soon. The key point is the recognition of technological operations performed within the Union State. It is a common approach to this issue that will allow participating in state procurement without restrictions and all kinds of obstacles,” he explained.
“As for specific areas of cooperation, they seem to be traditional for us sectors: automotive and agricultural machine building, special machinery, machine tools and equipment and, of course, microelectronics,” Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev said. As for the Russian credit resources allocated to Belarus for import substitution, in his opinion, the production of car components, machine tools and tools industry will be developed using these loans.
“This autumn we signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in microelectronics. Within the framework of this agreement the Belarusian enterprises such as Integral and Planar will be developed further. The Eurasian electric bus project to produce electric buses for cities is likely to be implemented,” the expert added.
“These are the areas we see as the most promising ones, and they have already been included in the existing intergovernmental decisions,” Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev said.
Dmitry Volvach, Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development, emphasized that mutual recognition of technological operations is the most important part of the common industrial policy. “On the one hand, this will further open the markets of our countries for products manufactured by one of the parties – the Union State members. On the other hand, it will help us achieve a higher level of localization and cooperation and seriously promote the implementation of the common industrial policy in the Union State. I think we will feel the result in the near future, at least in the industries where we have already launched specific import-substitution cooperation projects,” the deputy minister said.