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25 March 2024, 12:33

Russia’s Omsk Oblast governor interested in opening Belarus’ trading house in Omsk

MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) – Hopefully a Belarusian trading house and a multi-brand machinery and equipment center will open in Russia’s Omsk Oblast,  Governor of Russia’s Omsk Oblast Vitaly Khotsenko said as he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 25 March, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus’ Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Krutoi visited our region a month ago. We discussed an extensive agenda and agreed to interact across all economic and humanitarian matters. There are interesting projects related to the establishment of a multi-brand center that will sell all types of Belarusian equipment in Omsk. We have an investor who is ready to embark on this project. He is a dealer of one of Belarusian mechanical engineering enterprises in Omsk Oblast. We will ask you, Aleksandr Grigorievich, to help us. The industry minister and I have already begun to interact,” the governor said.

In addition, the possibility of opening a Belarusian trading house to sell a wide range of products, including textiles and agricultural products, is also an the agenda.

“We have selected the best land plots in the city center, we have chosen the premises. Therefore, if you give the go-ahead, we would like to open a Belarusian trading house in Omsk Oblast,” noted Vitaly Khotsenko.

He drew attention to the fact that Omsk is very conveniently located. It is relatively close to Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Kazakhstan.

“Belarusian goods can take a large niche,” the head of the Russian region said.

Answering questions from journalists after the meeting with the president, he drew attention to the fact that Belarus has long been among the biggest trade and economic partners of Omsk Oblast. In line with preliminary estimates, in 2023 Belarus moved one spot up to become the region’s fourth biggest trading partner leaving behind Kyrgyzstan. “We see that we can do much better when it comes to trade. Today it exceeds $110 million. We believe that it can grow two to three times in the next five years,” said Vitaly Khotsenko.
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