GRODNO, 29 June (BelTA) – Grodno Oblast would like to increase supplies of agricultural machinery to Lipetsk Oblast, Grodno Oblast Deputy Governor Vitaly Nevera told BelTA after his meeting with First Deputy Head of the Lipetsk Oblast Administration Alexander Ryabchenko.
“We mostly supply furniture and some agricultural products to Lipetsk Oblast and purchase rapeseed and soybeans. They are used as raw materials by our company Belagroterminal located in Smorgon. We have a developed mechanical engineering industry and can supply our machinery to Lipetsk Oblast that has a well-developed agriculture. Our goal is to occupy this niche in this Russian region,” Vitaly Nevera said.
Five cooperation agreements are to be signed at the forthcoming Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia that will be held in Grodno on 30 June - 1 July. “We have been implementing a number of agreements since 2019. An office of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus has opened in our region. When the new agreements are signed, the total number of agreements will make ten. These agreements will cover a broad range of sectors, from cultural exchange to economic cooperation. We have discussed this today. Agricultural producers and large farmers would like to renew their equipment and tools. Because of the sanctions, they cannot buy spare parts or purchase new machinery. The equipment produced here is definitely competitive,” Alexander Ryabchenko said.
Representatives of the local authorities of Grodno Oblast and Lipetsk Oblast believe that the regions can become attractive tourist destinations for each other. “Tourists are actively coming to the Republic of Belarus, we receive their feedback. It is a great idea to exchange tourists, show them interesting places. I think this can give a new impetus to our relations,” Alexander Ryabchenko said.