MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) – Belarus' Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko outlined promising avenues of cooperation with Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia at his meeting with Kaliningrad Oblast Governor Anton Alikhanov on 5 June, BelTA has learned.
Construction industry is viewed as a locomotive of cooperation. “Belarusian construction and design organizations are well known in the region, they have been running projects there for a long time. Their portfolio includes a significant number of projects to build infrastructure facilities and housing. This work is ongoing. We appreciate trust in our construction specialists and we are ready to design and build more facilities, mostly industrial installations, in Kaliningrad Oblast if this makes economic sense. Delivery, including the supply of building materials, becomes more expensive due to more complicated logistics. Today we will discuss how we can balance out these problems,” said Roman Golovchenko.
Cooperation in the manufacturing industry is also vibrant. “Certainly, this is an important area of cooperation for both the Russian Federation and Belarus. Our enterprises supply various types of metal products, rolled products, transformers to the region, and import thermostats, polystyrenes, aluminum products and other goods. We have a diversified and complementary trade,” the prime minister informed.
In addition, there are good cooperation prospects in the agricultural sector. “In recent years, Kaliningrad Oblast has been among the leaders in Russia across many indicators, including grain yield, milk and many other commodities,” the Belarusian head of government noted. “We have experience of effective cooperation in horticulture. We are ready to expand cooperation in crop production and animal husbandry,” the prime minister added.
On the same day an agreement on trade and economic cooperation was signed between the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee and the Kaliningrad Oblast Government. “This is a good way to step up interregional contacts, as direct ties are established between economic entities and joint projects are launched, including in culture and humanitarian sphere, which is quite natural given that Kaliningrad Oblast has one of the biggest Belarusian diasporas among Russian regions,” said Roman Golovchenko.