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Indian businessman: We chose Belarus because of geographical proximity to Europe

Agreements in the field of education, scientific and technical cooperation, a memorandum in petrochemicals and a protocol in agriculture. The third visit of the President of Belarus to India has turned out to be rich and very productive.

Before that, Alexander Lukashenko visited that country in 1997 and 2007. Over the last 10 years it has changed a lot. It's no wonder that now is a completely new page in the history of relations. The focus will be made on investments. Here Belarus has a special approach.

The sides are ready to create a scientific and technological industrial park. India does have interest in this. Belarus is like a link between the European Union and the Eurasian Union. Thus the way for goods and services here will be opened.

Yuri Shevtsov, political analyst:
We have formed a philosophy of relations, outlined the main strategic directions for the development of mutual relations, and now it's time to move on to practical things. We have approved a contract for the supply of potassium for 5 years, and larger volumes than before will now be delivered. Some fabrics can be exported there, too, especially flax, but maybe woolen fabrics too. This also sounds somewhat sensational, because that region itself is an exporter of fabrics, but they don't have flax. Perhaps, we will build up cooperation in pharmaceuticals.

Points of mutual interest during the visit were discussed not only at the highest level. A package of contracts was supplemented by agreements during the Belarus-India business forum, which was timed to the visit of the Belarusian leader to India. The business circles have prepared the ground for more fruitful cooperation with a dozen agreements worth tens of millions of dollars. Industrial production, medicine, tourism, and machinery supplies. And of course pharmaceutics. In this area, the dialogue has been going on for many years. A joint production is about to appear in Belarus town of Skidel, which will produce drugs for the treatment of HIV, tuberculosis, cancer and other diseases. A total of about 50 kinds of medicines. The amount of investments is about three million dollars.

Kumar Manoranjan, deputy director of a joint Belarusian-Indian pharmaceutical company:
Under the contract, we must launch it on December 31, 2018. We have completed 70-80% of construction works and we are waiting for equipment. The non-commercial start is planned for March-April. We chose Belarus, because it is geographically close to the CIS and Europe. This is very important.

Belarus is interested in India becoming a powerful nation of the planet. Alexander Lukashenko stressed this during the talks more than once. India is already the third largest world economy, the "economic miracle of Asia", as it is often called. In terms of the growth of GDP, that country has been among the leaders for several years already. Belarus offers India prospects in education and industrial cooperation. The countries plan to jointly assemble combine harvesters and tractors. The producer of giant quarry trucks BelAZ has returned to the Indian market.

Indian businessman: We chose Belarus because of geographical proximity to Europe