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25 March 2024, 16:19

Governors of Belarus' Minsk Oblast, Russia's Omsk Oblast discuss future projects

MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) - Today we understand what objects we will open and what investments we will make, Governor of Russia’s Omsk Oblast Vitaly Khotsenko told the media after his meeting with Minsk Oblast Governor Aleksandr Turchin on 25 March, BelTA has learned.

“Human communication is the most important area. It is great that the teams of Minsk Oblast and Omsk Oblast understand this. Our business circles, ministers will exchange contacts to embark on joint work. This includes economy and culture, which we have and develop. The Belarusian president mentioned this as well. Your country ranks fourth or fifth among the countries in terms of trade with Omsk Oblast. As for Minsk Oblast, today we have outlined a big plan of work, agreed to sign an agreement at the Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus in the presence of our presidents. We understand what objects we will open and what investments we will make,” the Omsk Oblast governor said.

In his words, it is important to have a direct flight between Omsk and Minsk in such a dense cooperation. Now flights are possible only with a transfer in Moscow or other cities.

“We have found quite a few reasons for why residents of Omsk Oblast should visit Belarus and why Belarusians should come to us. This is tourism, the opportunity to buy Belarusian goods, sanatorium treatment (there is a large sanatorium cluster in the north of Minsk Oblast). We can invite Belarusians, for example, to cooperate in business, to see our culture (we have 12 theaters), hockey (HC Avangard Omsk is cheered like nowhere else). By the way, the national teams of Russia and Belarus will face each other on 6 May. We will root for both Russia and Belarus. There are a lot of plans and we are ready to implement them,” Vitaly Khotsenko said.

Export of food products and agricultural raw materials from Minsk Oblast to Omsk Oblast amounted to $606,000 (up 1.3%) in January-December 2023. Main exports include jams, jellies, fruit, berry or nut marmalades, flour, cereals, potato flakes and granules, products for preparing sauces, ready-made sauces, seasonings, frozen vegetables. Minsk Oblast supplies Omsk Oblast with furniture and its parts, rosin, resin acids, rosin alcohol and oils, sodium and potassium hydroxides and peroxides, parts and equipment for vehicles and tractors, cosmetics, construction parts made of plastics.

Imports include petroleum refined products, acyclic alcohols and their derivatives, sheets, films, strips of plastics, unlaminated or backed, ferrous metal products, engines and powerplants.
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