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19 May 2022, 13:03

Nizhny Novgorod Oblast plans to replace imports from West with Belarus-made goods

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MINSK, 19 May (BelTA) – Nizhny Novgorod Oblast will replace imports from Western countries with goods from Belarus, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Governor Gleb Nikitin told reporters after his meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.

“Now, in addition to traditional areas of cooperation (we use a lot of agricultural machinery manufactured in the Republic of Belarus, we have production facilities of Belkommunmash, Mogilevliftmash), new cooperation opportunities emerge. We can replace imports from the so-called unfriendly countries and change the structure of imports going to Nizhny Novgorod Oblast,” the governor said.

According to him, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast exports more to Belarus than it imports from it. Yet the Russian region has plans to increase the import of Belarusian products.

“We submitted links to the catalog featuring 4,500 product names to representatives of the government and Belarusian companies. We need all kinds of products: from coniferous trees that were supplied from unfriendly countries to specific components for the automotive industry. We need tractors, combine harvesters and so on,” the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast governor added.

Particular attention will be paid to cooperation in the construction sector - Nizhny Novgorod Oblast is interested in the expertise and knowledge of Belarusian specialists. “We will consider inviting Belarus' construction workers to take part in infrastructure projects, road construction projects in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. We are interested in this, because these projects are pretty big,” the governor said.

Information technology is another promising area of cooperation. “We can achieve synergy here and jointly help our IT specialists replace the software that will be less accessible in Russia because of the sanctions,” Gleb Nikitin explained.

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