MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) - Belarus is ready not only to develop trade with Kursk Oblast of Russia but also to implement turnkey projects in the region, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Kursk Oblast Governor Roman Starovoyt on 9 June, BelTA has learned.
“Even though we have not reached great results in terms of mutual trade ($205-210 million), we still see a good growth. There is only one drawback: we have a trade deficit. But we are ready to even out that deficit. The main thing is that we have something to compensate for it,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
According to the president, special attention should be focused on the most promising areas of cooperation: construction, industrial cooperation, agro-industrial complex. “We are interested in increasing supplies of mining vehicles, trucks, agricultural machinery, construction and road machinery to your region,” the head of state said.
Kursk Oblast is aiming to make it into top 10 Russian regions in sustainable development. Belarus is ready to assist in achieving this goal, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
“We are ready to provide you with services for home renovation, design, engineering surveys. We are ready to build on a turnkey basis. We are ready to supply elevator equipment,” the president said.
According to him, the parties can successfully complement each other in the agro-industrial complex, including processing of products, agricultural engineering, breeding, crop and seed production. “We would be happy to get involved in the implementation of these projects in your region. We are ready to introduce modern technologies and equipment for water treatment and water disposal. Clean water means human health. This program is successfully implemented in Belarus. If necessary, we can get involved in implementation of similar projects in your region,” the head of state added.
“We are ready to do everything I said on a turnkey basis. Not just trade and supply something to your area. You have to understand and know it very well that selling goods s one thing. Setting up a joint venture, designing and implementing social and industrial turnkey projects is what we can do it and we are ready to take responsibility for it. We are ready to compete in price and quality terms,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president explained why Belarusian builders have such advantages: “Everyone wants to earn big money, to build quickly, ignoring the quality. We are responsible people, we have the most powerful state sector. We have not destroyed it. Keeping in mind the fact that the state is behind the state companies, construction trusts, it bears the corresponding responsibility at the state level.”
“If you decide to work with Belarus, I can guarantee the full responsibility of our companies, both private and public. We are ready to answer for their work on your land,” the Belarusian leader said.