UFA, 20 September (BelTA) –The cooperation between Belarus and Russia's Bashkortostan has gained a good momentum, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said during a working meeting with the head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov in Ufa on 20 September, BelTA has learned.
During the talks, Roman Golovchenko and Radiy Khabirov stressed that the meeting is taking place in the context of new realities and that it is important to discuss the prospects for cooperation in the new economic environment in order to effectively counter all challenges and threats. Both Belarus and Bashkortostan are ready for active work in this direction.
Roman Golovchenko highlighted the importance of cooperation in industry. Belarus is ready to cooperate with Bashkortostan. The prime minister stressed that today much has already been done by joint efforts. In particular, in 2022 Belarus delivered 51 MAZ vehicles, 224 MTZ tractors, 31 Gomselmash harvesting machines, and 54 AMKODOR loaders to Bashkortostan. At the same time, the prime minister is confident that much is yet to be accomplished.
"An important area is urban passenger transport. Belarusian manufacturers MAZ and Belkommunmash are ready to meet the needs of the Republic of Bashkortostan in new passenger vehicles. I am also sure that a new MAZ dealership, which will open soon, will give an additional impetus to cooperation in the industrial sector, will help Bashkortostan enterprises to upgrade the fleet of cargo, special-purpose and passenger vehicles, to increase the level of their maintenance," Roman Golovchenko emphasized.
The prime minister noted that Belarus is ready to supply high-quality elevator equipment both for new buildings and as part of the replacement of elevators whose service life expired. Belarus is developing a promising production of high-speed elevators, floor escalators and is committed to cooperating with consumers of Bashkortostan, including in order to replace Western manufacturers who have left the Russian market.
The head of the Republic of Bashkortostan stressed that the region is happy to cooperate with Belarus and that this is productive work that yields concrete results. Much that is spelled out in the 2024 roadmap has already been fulfilled. According t Radiy Khabirov, Bashkortostan is soon to launch the construction of a large enterprise together with Belarusians. The head of Bashkortostan expressed confidence that the goal, which was outlined by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, is quite achievable. "In December 2021, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko outlined an ambitious goal of reaching $1 billion in trade between Belarus and Bashkortostan, and we must strive to fulfill it," Radiy Khabirov said. He also expressed interest in cooperation with Belarus in certain areas such as construction machinery, agricultural machinery and urban transport and also road safety. Bashkortostan is also looking forward to close interregional cooperation.
Today, the Belarusian delegation is set to tour the national control center, watch videos about its construction and functionality.
On the second day of the visit the Belarusian government delegation will focus on joint business projects. Plans are in place to sing a range of important documents. According to the press service of the government, in Ufa the Belarusian delegation will attend a ceremony to launch a dealer center for trucks of Minsk Automobile Plant and Dorelectromash and a ceremony to break ground for a plant to manufacture AMKODOR machines and equipment for post-harvest grain processing. The Belarusian delegation is scheduled to attend the international transport and construction congress, to visit the largest enterprises of Bashkortostan and to hold negotiations with the leadership of the region. The parties are set to sign specific cooperation agreements.
As it has been reported, the Belarusian government delegation headed by the prime minister is visiting Ufa and Kazan on 20-22 September. The Belarusian delegation includes representatives of various ministries and departments, heads of such Belarusian enterprises as MTZ, MAZ, Belkommunmash, AMKODOR, and Horizont.