BREST, 9 June (BelTA) – The Brest Oblast Executive Committee hosted a meeting with a delegation of Russia's Irkutsk Oblast that came to Belarus to visit the international agricultural expo Belagro 2023, BelTA has learned.
The delegation was welcomed by Brest Oblast Governor Yuri Shuleiko, who is responsible for cooperation between Belarus and this Russian region. He expressed confidence that interregional contacts would grow more robust.
The Russian delegation was led by Irkutsk Oblast Deputy Governor Anatoly Prokopyev and included 15 people. Most of them represented the agricultural industry and were visiting Belarus for the first time. According to the head of the delegation, by visiting the expo, touring enterprises, studying the lineup of machinery and equipment, the delegation is building new contacts.
“Our impressions are very good. We are delighted. As they say, it is better to see once than hear a hundred times. We have visited the exhibition and held business talks. We had a substantive discussion about supplies on many stands. Machinery supplies are negotiated directly with Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ is our long-standing partner). We have a huge demand for sowing complexes. We also discuss the details of supplying meat products and cattle,” Anatoly Prokopyev informed.
Yuri Shuleiko told the delegation about social and economic situation in the region, its advancement in meat and dairy production and processing. These industries propelled Brest Oblast to the third place among Belarusian regions in terms of export volume. The region is among the leaders in terms of gross regional product, it has a well-developed manufacturing sector.
Brest Oblast and Irkutsk Oblast maintain contacts in line with a respective cooperation agreement. “I know that my colleagues from the government have sent you proposals on investment projects that we are running in our region. They include the construction of a transport and logistics center and creation of advanced development territories with tax preferences. We suggest that our Belarusian counterparts consider participation in these projects. I think we will find points of contact and our cooperation will be 100% efficient,” Anatoly Prokopyev added.
The delegation has a very busy program in Brest Oblast. They will visit Brest Meat Processing Plant and the electromechanical plant, Ivatsevichi Corn Calibration Plant, Kobrin Creamery, the Radonezhskoye company from Kobrin District and a breeding enterprise in Baranovichi. The Russian delegation will also visit Kossovo Palace and the Brest Hero Fortress Memorial Complex.