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Promising avenues of Belarus' cooperation with Russia's Tatarstan identified

Economy 12.12.2019 | 19:42
Igor Lyashenko. An archive photo
Igor Lyashenko. An archive photo

MINSK, 12 December (BelTA) – While talking to reporters today Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Lyashenko mentioned promising avenues for advancing cooperation with the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “The meeting of the heads of state ended with the instruction to work out a program able to raise the trade turnover up to $2 billion, which means I will have to travel to Tatarstan and look at appropriate possibilities.” Asked what will be discussed during the visit, Igor Lyashenko said: “We will begin with automobile components. We will take a look at a program of more advanced projects in the area of chemistry and petrochemical industry. I think a visit to Tatneft will be in order. The previously mentioned Belarusian proposal to combine efforts to tire manufacturers was mentioned today. Both Belarus and Tatarstan are rather large tire manufacturers on the European scale. I suggest they should not only make similar types and sizes but should expand the product range. By combining efforts, we will be able to cover a larger spectrum of services.”

Igor Lyashenko also talked about the possibility of extracting oil together: “If the proposal mentioned today is followed by a feasibility study, we will certainly get involved in this work.”

The deputy prime minister sees good prospects for increasing the trade turnover by stepping up the assembly of MTZ tractors in Tatarstan. He stressed it is necessary to develop tourism industry as well. According to Igor Lyashenko, tourists from Tatarstan could be interested in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Slutsk sashes in Belarus while Belarusians could be interested in visiting places of interest in Tatarstan.

The deputy prime minister also mentioned plans concerning cooperation in the sphere of municipal transport. “We suggest selling up to 200 vehicles to the city of Kazan next year. As far as I know, the residents speak well of the styling and the environmental footprint of our vehicles,” he added.

In 2018 Belarus-Tatarstan trade totaled $1,282.4 million (107.7% as against 2017), with Belarus' export at $282.7 million and import at $999.7 million.

Two enterprises operate in Tatarstan to assemble Belarusian products: MTZ tractors and Mogilevliftmash lifts. A total of four companies have been established in this region of Russia with assistance of Belarusian capital. A dealership chain to sell Belarusian products is available as well as wholesale warehouses and proprietary retail chains of some Belarusian companies.

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