MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) - The list of import-substitution projects with Russia is open, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said as he commented on the talks of the presidents of Belarus and Russia in Minsk on 19 December, BelTA has learned.
“The list is open. So far, we have set the maximum number - some 20 projects. This is something we can do at the moment. Everything depends on technical and technological capabilities. So, it is important for us to use RUB105 billion of allocated funds,” said Roman Golovchenko.
According to him, equipment procurement procedures are already underway for a number of enterprises. “There are business plans. A special project team has been set up at the government to verify the business plans developed by the enterprises to implement cost-effective projects. A lot of work has been done over three months,” the prime minister said.
According to the Belarusian head of government, many projects are aimed at making products that will be in demand primarily in Russia and Belarus. “We behaved in a partner-like manner when Russian machine-building enterprises faced sanctions and restrictions on the supply of imported components. Many enterprises were affected. Despite competition, we have increased the supply of Belarusian components to Russian enterprises,” Roman Golovchenko said.