MINSK, 12 May (BelTA) – Due to Western sanctions against Belarus and Russia businessmen have undergone a serious “import substitution of brains”. This is why they are rebuilding trade and logistic chains towards the East and Belarus. Governor of Russia's Khabarovsk Territory Mikhail Degtyarev made the statement after meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 12 May, BelTA has learned.
The Khabarovsk Territory delegation in Minsk includes not only government officials but a group of representatives of the private sector. While in Belarus they will work on building new logistic chains, the governor noted.
In his words, Khabarovsk Territory intends to buy Belarusian BelAZ trucks, MAZ vehicles, buses, and equipment for dairy cattle husbandry. There is also interest in stepping up cooperation in agribusiness and an intention to implement a joint project, which envisages the construction of a dairy farm, just the way it was done on Russia's Sakhalin Island.
Khabarovsk Territory is also experiencing a shortage of construction workers. A number of major infrastructure projects are being implemented in the region, for instance, a private railway, an airport terminal, and new ports. The volume of housing construction is also expected to rise from 350,000m2 per annum to 1 million m2 per annum in the next three years. “This is why we are ready to hire Belarusian construction workers,” the governor noted.
“I am convinced that results will be imminent. We will help the Republic of Belarus with rubles while the Republic of Belarus and local businessmen will help us promote our region, including here,” Mikhail Degtyarev said.