Belarus and the Chelyabinsk region of Russia are interested in the establishment of joint ventures to produce high-tech products. Promising areas of cooperation were discussed at an April 27 meeting between the Belarus head of state and the governor of the Russian region.
The delegation arrived in Minsk three days ago. On April 26, Chelyabinsk Oblast Governor visited Chashniki area where his father was born. The Belarus President said it is symbolic that one of the leading regions of Russia with a strong steel industry is headed by a man who has ties with Belarus.
Incidentally, the region is famous not only for metallurgy. Belarus can cooperate with it in other industries like engineering or agriculture. All this will help increase trade turnover.
Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
The Chelyabinsk region, as well as Belarus, has highly developed engineering and military-industrial complex. And this is a good basis for joint ventures if we want to produce high-tech and competitive products. Today, we have such examples. We are implementing joint ventures to assemble components for heavy vehicles, BelAZ, MTZ and other kinds of Belarusian agricultural machinery. Chelyabinsk region companies receive Belarusian automotive components for further production processes. We are interested in your powerful machine tool cluster, which is now being created. We would call cooperation in the field of agriculture promising, too. I think during this visit (if you are interested) we will tell you and show progress we have achieved in the development of agriculture. I think that we will come to some agreements on these matters, too, especially in the field of agricultural science. Without it, rural development is impossible.
With regard to the construction industry, we also have some experience in the design and construction of both civil and industrial facilities and infrastructure. If you have interest, we are ready to work with you in this direction.
Boris Dubrovsky, governor of the Chelyabinsk region of the Russian Federation:
We would like to increase mutual investments and turnover, and we believe that we have all possibilities for this in our relationship. Belarusian machine builders traditionally use metal produced in the Chelyabinsk region. Our region, in turn, buys Belarusian machinery made by enterprises MAZ, Amkodor, MTZ, BelAZ and Gomselmash. Suffice it to cite one figure: 50% of machinery that is part of our agro-industrial complex is Belarus-made.
On April 27, the delegation of the Chelyabinsk region paid tribute to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. In Minsk, a wreath and flowers were laid at Victory Obelisk as a sign of respect for victorious warriors.