MINSK, 18 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Nizhny Novgorod Oblast are discussing new projects in the area of manufacturing cooperation, BelTA learned from Governor of Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Gleb Nikitin.
Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko met with the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast governor in Minsk. The promotion of manufacturing cooperation was high on the agenda of the meeting.
As he visited the 29th international information and communications technologies forum TIBO in Minsk, Gleb Nikitin told reporters: “It seems to me we have exemplary interaction in all spheres. Since Belarus has a very well-developed manufacturing sector, we talked about a great deal of manufacturing cooperation projects. There are such ‘exemplary' projects as the assembly of trams on a Belarusian platform in Nizhny Novgorod. We are now discussing other projects: a machine-tools park, centers for aftersales service of agricultural machines and other ones. We look at our cooperation with great optimism.”
BelTA reported earlier that during the meeting with Governor of Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Gleb Nikitin Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko said that manufacturing cooperation is the most important aspect of Belarus' interaction with Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. “It is necessary to preserve and accelerate the pace of our interaction. Moreover, there are still a sufficient number of niches [we have yet to explore]. Our manufacturing cooperation develops particularly vigorously. In particular, there are prospects in the sphere of electric transport. Our joint tram project develops successfully. Apart from that, there are prospects in selling the rolling stock – electrobuses, trolleybuses,” the prime minister said.
Four trams are already in use in Nizhny Novgorod. The city has plenty of hills and elevation differences. They present a special challenge for tram service, the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast governor noted.
Gleb Nikitin said: “Individual trials with these elevation differences have already been conducted. Some of the trams already service the city's historical center where they deal specifically with ascents and descents. The tram has performed very well.”
In his words, those responsible for reforming the mass transit system have concluded it had been the right decision. “I see that potential buyers take interest and would like to see this tram in their own cities, too,” the governor said.