The Minsk Motor Plant has been producing engines for half a century. MAZ, BelAZ and MTZ are over 70 years old each. But the trolleybus is the product of modern Belarus. It is in demand in Russia and other former Soviet countries. Now Belarusian producers are going to tempt... India. One of the largest economies in the world, with the second largest population on earth, it has not yet "mastered" trolleybuses! Why not offer them these products?
Bangalore Square in the Belarus capital is named after the Indian city of Bangalore - a twin city of Minsk. It is called Indian Silicon Valley, because of a large number of IT companies located there. By the way, Bangalore residents also know and often use the word Minsk. One of the squares of the city bears the name Minsk.
A private Belarusian company offers to not only assemble equipment, but also create the necessary infrastructure for the trolleybus in India.
Yuri Tumakha, CEO of a company for the production of trolleybuses and construction equipment:
As a private company, we are always responsible for words. We deliver on our promises. We are lively and easily adapt to everything. We are searching for work instead of being idle waiting for work.
The trolleybuses are produced on the basis of MAZ buses. The Belarusian side is ready to take into account the wishes of Indian customers.
Pavel Lashkevich, chief designer of a company producing trolley buses and construction equipment:
The main difference between this car for India is the right wheel and, respectively, we need to mirror the arrangement of all the components.
The driver's cab is spacious and comfortable (please watch video for more details). The display has a touch screen function. Here, you can see power consumption; the computer immediately displays errors and other vital information.
India is one of the largest world economies in terms of GDP. But it has long been not least an industrial but also an IT giant. It produces intellectual products of the highest class.
In this sector, Belarus and India have a lot in common.
Mikhail Batura, rector of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio Electronics:
Our cooperation with India began in 1997, when we signed the first contract for the establishment of scientific and technical products with the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications of India. In 2017, it will have been 20 years since that date. During this period, we have executed $6 million worth of contracts for the establishment of scientific and technical production.
The innovation center is creating devices analogues to which are offered only in Japan, the USA and France. These are unique developments in radar and navigation equipment, telecommunications and medicine.
Alexander Gusinsky, director of the scientific and educational innovation center:
India is developing very quickly and Indians are working with the entire world. We are very pleased that Belarus is among India's partners. They usually say that we are very similar in souls, that they are pleased to come to Belarus and communicate with Belarusian people. Maybe this also helps develop the relations.
Next week, a parliamentary delegation of Belarus led by the head of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich will travel to India. At the same time Delhi will host a business forum, in which heads of large state-owned enterprises and private businessmen will partake. For example, Belarusian producers are willing to offer linen and glass products. They would also like to continue cooperation in the field of oil production and the automotive industry.
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
In the framework of this visit we are going to visit one of India's central states, which plans to open a service center of the Belarusian Automobile Plant. Now work is almost completed there. This is going to be a good infrastructure project, in my opinion.
Pankaj Saxena, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of India to the Republic of Belarus:
I am sure that this visit will be very productive. The Belarusian delegation will meet with the Indian President and the Prime Minister. It is necessary to discuss a number of questions. India is extremely interested in cooperation with Belarus. I am convinced that trade between our countries will grow in the coming years, and the flow of investments will increase.
From medical to energy, from education to logistics, from industry to nanotechnology: the portfolio of Belarus-India future projects will certainly become much heavier in the years to come.