MOSCOW, 17 February (BelTA) - We have made progress in import substitution, although we have not yet resolved all the issues, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, BelTA has learned.
"We have made progress in import substitution. I will not say that we have resolved all the issues, but we did move forward," the head of state said.
As one of the examples, Aleksandr Lukashenko cited the microelectronic industry: "We were concerned that we were somewhat over-dependent on some imports. In a week, I am having a meeting on the matters we discussed in Sochi. We have preserved the microelectronics industry which we inherited from the Soviet Union, as you said. We reached agreements with the Russian companies that had roots in the Society Union too. Experts asked to convey a message to you. They pledge they will fulfill the targets. Well, the sizes will be bigger for the time being... We know how to move forward. This is the most important thing. People know their job.”
Cooperation has also been established between enterprises that previously viewed each other as competitors. These are, in particular, MAZ and KAMAZ. "Remember, there was some red tape with respect to the cooperation between these companies. Now there is no competition. We produce component parts for KAMAZ, and KAMAZ makes goods for us. Certain [Western] companies left. The domestic companies have enough room on the market now," the president stated.
However, there is still work to be done. There are certain issues in matters of cooperation. "There are small issues. I will raise them as well," the Belarusian leader said.
However, there are also obvious achievements, forward movement. For example, in aircraft construction. The aviation plants in Belarus already produce up to a thousand components for Russian MC-21 and Superjet 100 aircraft. Belarus is also ready, with a little technical support from the Russian side, to launch the production of the well-proven military attack aircraft.
"Our cooperation is advancing. We are doing everything to overcome the barriers that are artificially created for us," the Belarusian leader stressed.