Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus: Industrial enterprises conclude first agreements September 17

Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus: Industrial enterprises conclude first agreements September 17

The industrial potential of Belarus and Russia is huge. In Sochi, September 17, there opened a regional forum of the two countries.  The result speaks for itself - a few hours of the exhibition industry brought a solid package of agreements. The advantages of Belarusian products were evident. The chairman of the upper house of the Russian parliament liked our milk and sausages. Valentina Matvienko, as a true woman, was fascinated by Belarusian knitwear too.

During the first such forum of regions in Minsk the sides talked much about agriculture and food security. These days, industry issues are on the agenda..

Vladimir Semashko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
It is not very good when Belarusian and Russian companies sometimes walk different ways. We believe that this is wrong, costly, especially in crisis and post-crisis times. We have prepared a detailed action plan, which will sign and work in that way after determining who is stronger in this or that area. And agree about areas that Belarus and Russia will develop for more efficiency. And we will cooperate in order to make a normal competitive product from all points of view.  

A 90-ton truck with electromechanical transmission is a vivid example of cooperation between the two countries. The model was presented at the industrial exhibition, which is taking place as part of the Forum of Regions.

Piotr Parkhomchik, director general of BelAZ Holding Company:
50 per cent is intellectual work of Russian engineers, and 50% of it belongs Belarusians. As a result we get a dump truck. If you take the component units, the ratio is approximately the same.

We signed agreements with a whole group of leading Russian companies. Among them is Region 42, in the amount of 1.6 billion Russian rubles. The largest coal company Stroyservis, worth more than $2 billion Russian rubles. A contract was also inked with SUEK (Siberian Coal Energy Company), in the amount of 2.3 billion Russian rubles.

This hopper will be used in diamond mining in Yakutia, and a new loading machine will be sent to the Kemerovo Region. There are potential buyers of this equipment in South Africa.

The speakers of the Council of the Republic of Belarus and the Federation Council of Russia opened the forum today. While last time it attended by about 20 subjects of the federation, today there are twice more of them. 

Valentina Matviyenko, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation:
Not every major economic forum features such a substantial exhibition, which shows the modern achievements of the industry of Belarus and Russia, with an emphasis on cooperation, our joint ventures and joint projects. And you can see how much has already been done. We see obvious and huge prospects for further deepening of our cooperation in the field of industry.

Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:        
We, heads of parliaments, formulate for ourselves the task of improving our national laws to create the necessary favorable conditions for our economies.

Industry is the basis for the development of the national economy.  In many ways, it contributes to the total turnover. There has been some reduction in Belarusian-Russian trade. This is largely due to the drop in demand and the weakening of the Russian ruble. The sanctions policy of the West added fuel to the fire.

Igor Petrishenko, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation:
We believe that the opened niches in the Russian Federation can be occupied through our joint cooperation projects. We therefore do it. We take into account access to Russian state defense orders, the participation of our companies in import-substituting ventures in Russia, comfortable and adequate rights and obligations created for our companies. We just recently got access to subsidies from the Russian budget for our forage harvesting equipment. And we expect that it will be Belarus who will occupy these import-substituting niches. And we can function, position ourselves in the EEU market and trade out goods in third countries' markets. 

Belarus has to date established contacts with 80 regions of Russia.

Today there have been established new contracts. The Brest region will cooperate with the Pskov region and Udmurtia. In general, Russians are satisfied with Belarusian logistics.

Anatoly Lis, chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee:
We are interested in cargo flows through our region and of course we would like to cooperate with Russian regions. In addition to transport logistics and good infrastructure, we have very good recycling facilities to process agricultural products - milk and meat.

Nikolai Yefimchik, Bellegprom concern chairman:
One of the novelties of our tech is the development of Mogotex. This suit protects from external factors (moisture, bacteria) and allows the astronaut to remain in a completely disinfected suit. Russians have already used it in practice.  

By the way, this year Belarus increased food supplies. But for now there are lots of barriers to trade. It is possible to eliminate them during one and a half years. But this work is very slow, according to MPs. But we should remember that it is a principle of free movement of goods and services that is the basis of a common Eurasian Economic Union, the core of which was the alliance between Belarus and Russia.