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21 February 2020, 17:46

Kyrgyzstan invites Belarus to set up dairy cluster

MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) – Kyrgyzstan invites Belarus to set up a dairy cluster, Kyrgyzstan's First Deputy Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov said as he spoke at a meeting of the Belarus-Kyrgyzstan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation, BelTA has learned.

“We suggest stepping up cooperation in agriculture and agro-industrial complex. Kyrgyzstan is interested in setting up a joint dairy cluster using the Belarusian technologies, building a dairy-commercial complex fitted with Belarusian equipment and supplying of breeding stock,” Kubatbek Boronov said.

According to Kubatbek Boronov, today the trade between Kyrgyzstan and Belarus does not meet the economic potential of two countries. Stepping up industrial cooperation and setting up joint assembly facilities hold great promise, Kubatbek Boronov said. Kyrgyzstan would also like to acquire Belarusian machines.

An important area of joint work is strengthening of cultural and humanitarian ties which implies holding the Days of Belarusian Culture in Kyrgyzstan and Days of Kyrgyzstan Culture in Belarus, Kubatbek Boronov noted.

The trade between Belarus and Kyrgyzstan totaled $106.9 million in 2019, down by 18.5% over 2018. Belarus had a surplus of $90.3 million. Belarus' major exports were dairy products, tractors and truck tractors, meat and chicken co-products, pharmaceuticals, furniture and chipboard. Kyrgyzstan exported truck and tractor spare parts, heaters, harvesters, fruits and vegetables.

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