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21 June 2017, 16:31

Mogilev Oblast, Moldova keen to boost trade

MOGILEV, 21 June (BelTA) – Moldova and Mogilev Oblast plan to bolster trade, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee Vladimir Domanevsky following the official meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to Belarus Victor Sorocean on 21 June.

According to him, Moldova is the oblast's fourth largest importer and trade partner, trailing only Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Mogilev Oblast buys Moldovan fruits and vegetables and sells elevators, chipboards, chemical products, and tractors. “I believe that there is considerable room for developing cooperation in all fields. We may establish business networks and set up joint ventures,” the Mogilev Oblast governor pointed out.

In turn, Ambassador Victor Sorocean stressed that Moldova and Mogilev Oblast can at least double trade by ramping up the supplies of fruits, vegetables, and alcoholic beverages. At the meeting the sides mulled over building a store selling Moldovan wines and a baby food factory in Mogilev Oblast. The ambassador invited the regional authorities to resume the import of Moldovan corn seeds. He also said that Moldova is interested in Belarus' recommendations on the thermal modernization of industrial and housing stock.

He also mentioned an assembly plant set up in Moldova's Gagauzia in cooperation with Bobruisk Plant of Tractor Parts and Units. “The tractors assembled in Gagauzia caught the attention of Moldova's neighbors, Romania, in particular. When we adjust the certificate policy in this field with Belarus, we might start selling tractors to third countries,” Ambassador Victor Sorocean underlined.

As a result of the meeting, the diplomat commended the region's strong interest in cooperation with Moldova and remarked he would like to initiate an array of forums and roundtable sessions to bring together Belarusian and Moldovan business representatives.

The Moldovan ambassador is in Mogilev Oblast on a one-day visit. He is expected to meet with his compatriots, representatives of regional enterprises, and visit the Belarusian lift manufacturer Mogilevliftmash and the town of Shklov.

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