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Belarus, Samara region expect to increase trade to $600 million

Belarus and the Samara region of Russia expect to increase trade to $600 million. Opportunities for expanding cooperation were discussed at a meeting of a joint working group in Minsk. The prerequisites for growth are already visible. In 2016, commodity turnover increased by 16%. Positive dynamism is also observed in Q1 2017.

Mikhail Rusyi, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
We need to promptly reach the figures we had back in 2012. This is a turnover of $615 million. This is the first approach. The second thing is that we actually need to change approaches: from simple "buy-sell" to cooperative ties, especially since they complement each other in Samara and the Republic of Belarus. We are talking here about petrochemistry and space, namely rocket science and relevant training.

Igor Eremin, Vice-Governor - Plenipotentiary Representative of the Governor of the Samara Region under the President of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Russian Federation:
We discussed with Mikhail Ivanovich [Rusyi] an opportunity to invite talented young people to study in our universities for free. And we are ready to help train specialists in various industries, especially high-tech, modern industries (such as space, petrochemicals, processing, and mineral fertilizers). And, of course, draw on Belarusian experience too.

Belarus is one of the five largest foreign economic partners of the Samara region and is considered strategically important in the development of cooperation. The Russian region intends to study Belarus' experience in housing and communal services and urban development. Samara is preparing to host the FIFA World Cup 2018. Belarusian experience in creating comfortable conditions for guests of sports competitions would come in handy.

Belarus, Samara region expect to increase trade to $600 million