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Belarusian President, Georgia PM discuss prospects of business relations

Another guest of the week is the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili. He became head of the Georgian government in late 2015. But because his political outlook is similar to his predecessors, starting with the billionaire Ivanishvili, who actually ousted Mikheil Saakashvili, Kvirikashvili, as a member of the same party, will continue the policy of cooperation with Belarus. Olga Petrashevskaya has more on this topic.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
It is good that you have come. Know that you are not a stranger in Belarus. We were both fraternal peoples, we lived in one country and we still stick to such policy. As for our concrete relations in the economic sphere, we have a goal: a turnover of $200 million. This, I believe, will be the first step that we need in the near future.

By the way, the Georgian Prime Minister is an excellent specialist in such "steps". Giorgi Kvirikashvili previously served as minister of the economy and, in particular, worked on the development of relations between the two countries.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia's Prime Minister:
There are huge investment opportunities for cooperation. There are cultural and humanitarian relations, they are very active. So in all spheres, we do plan huge progress. And this is thanks to your visit.

That official visit, which rightly can be called historical, took place in April 2015. With that arrival in Georgia, Alexander Lukashenko opened a new page of the bilateral dialogue. After all, that summit was the first in more than two decades of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Georgia.

Nugzar Dvali, executive director of the Agency for Trade and Investment Promotion of Belarus and Georgia:
We will reach [a turnover of] $200 million. I think $200 million is not a limit.

This enterprise knows what "fruits of cooperation" there are between Belarus and Georgia. Belarusian biotechnologists, at the request of the Ajarian side, brought to the southern region strawberries, black currants and raspberries.

Natalia Kukharchik, head of the biotechnology department of the Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus:
When we received the pictures and saw that the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, together with our agronomist plants these seeds, we said, "Wah!" (Georgian "Wow!")

Belarus imports from Georgia wine, nuts and vegetables exporting medicines, dairy products, tractors and MAZ trucks. 

Simon Meparidze, businessman (Georgia):
Every farmer knows what Belarusian equipment is. We know your tractors Belarus and MAZ and Amkodor vehicles. Quality is good and is better in terms of price. It is much cheaper than European machinery. It suits us.

But in addition to well-known brands, Belarus has something else to offer. Georgia has become one of the regional leaders in production of potatoes. But the lack of an appropriate technology does not allow increasing the volumes. Belarusian designers are ready to support colleagues. The development of potato harvester for Georgia is in full swing.

Sergey Fedorovich, deputy general designer, Gomselmash: 
We have agreed on the basic requirements so that by the second half of the summer we, together with our Georgian colleagues, could conduct tests.

Flour is another export item for Belarus.

Maria Galaeva, sales and marketing department, Slutsk Combine of Bread Products:
We supply flour for production, for bakeries. Therefore, some Georgian bread is made of flour from Slutsk.

Belarusian President, Georgia PM discuss prospects of business relations