MINSK, 6 March (BelTA) – First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Snopkov told the Belarus 1 TV channel about plans for Geely cars production in Belarus as he commented on the results of the state visit of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to China, BelTA informs.
“Everything will be fine with Geely. There is an iron agreement that we will produce 37,000 cars. The market analysis of the situation in Belarus and Russia will be completed in April. We all see that the situation is positive by and large. Accordingly, the president set the task to increase the output up to 60,000 Geely cars this year,” Nikolai Snopkov said. “At the meeting with Xi Jinping, the Belarusian head of state made a point that Belarus has great competences in the automotive industry, in engineering in general, including the automotive industry. Hence, a number of agreements to maximize localization of Geely cars in Belarus. By now, we have an agreement on welding, painting. After some time we will proceed to implementing the agreement on presswork,” he noted.
At first, this will be SKD assembly, the first deputy prime minister noted. “It will be followed by a deeper localization, the production of electric pickups, budget electric cars, small electric cars for the city, as well as electric trucks with a small tonnage, which is in great demand in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. We have already started working on it, the contract has been signed with one of Chinese car manufacturers. No European stakeholders will be involved, only Chinese ones. These cars are of the highest quality, the whole delegation saw it as all of them drove these cars,” he stressed.
“A start has been made. We will do the assembly for the time being, and in the future we will consider a full-cycle production upon the instruction of the president. We embarked on fulfilling the president's task to preserve and improve our technical and technological competences, so that we will not just be able to assemble, but also to localize production and to upgrade these vehicles together with Chinese partners. This is of great importance, because it chimes in with the task set by the president of our country: to look deeper, to go further,” added Nikolai Snopkov.