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The authority and business of Smolensk region expand interaction with Republic of Belarus

03.02.2017 The authority and business of Smolensk region expand interaction with Republic of Belarus

The authority and business of Smolensk region expand interaction with Republic of Belarus

The meeting of the working group on cooperation of Republic of Belarus and Smolensk region has taken place in Vitebsk.

The residents of Smolensk have arrived to Vitebsk under the leadership of the deputy Governor of Smolensk region Rostislav Rovbel. The working group of Belarus was headed by the Minister of Transport and Communications Anatoliy Sivak.

The representatives of executive authorities of the region and Administration of Smolensk region, businessmen and industrialists participated in the visit as a part of the Smolensk delegation.

Rostislav Rovbel has greeted participants of the working group under the authority of the Governor of Smolensk region Alexey Ostrovskiy and has expressed confidence that collaboration will allow to strengthen and expand the directions of interaction between the parties and to develop effective measures for the organization of mutually beneficial cooperation.

During the meeting, the parties have discussed possibilities of expansion of partnership and the prospect of implementation of joint projects in the industry, construction branch, trade, agriculture and culture.

Rostislav Rovbel has told the Belarusian colleagues that active development of the enterprises of light industry has led to emergence of need for the qualified seamstresses in Smolensk region in number of more than 1500 people.

- We are ready to suggest citizens of Republic of Belarus to consider the possibility to occupy free vacancies on sewing productions of our region. We will consider various options of interaction in this direction, including providing of accommodation in the territory of Smolensk region, - Rostislav Rovbel has told.

The parties have also discussed interactions in the sphere of power, in particular the prospects of use of renewable and nonconventional power sources, including thermal pumps for heating of budgetary institutions, a possibility of mutual deliveries of the electrotechnical equipment made in Republic of Belarus and Smolensk region.

During the meeting the Smolensk company Polimix with which the Administration of Smolensk region closely interacts has offered the joint project of OJSC Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant on creation of joint venture for SKD of trucks of Volat brand MZKT-5002 00 (an analog of GAZ-66 with the improved technical characteristics) on the basis of LLC Polimix.

Within interaction of border territories the parties have mentioned a possibility of use of transport infrastructure of Belarus for development of tourism of Smolensk region. In particular, the Belarusian side has suggested to citizens of Smolensk to involve the airport of Vitebsk.

Separately the participants of the meeting have stopped on questions of cooperation in the sphere of agriculture and food, in particular in the field of deliveries of seeds of long-term herbs, semen of bulls for service and fish seed. The Smolensk party has taken the initiative to buy in Belarus flax and rape for their processing at the Smolensk enterprises. Following the results of the meeting with the Belarusian colleagues preliminary agreements on export deliveries of LLC RusSmolProduct of thins production and fish delicacies to the market of Belarus have been reached.

At the end of the meeting the Smolensk party has invited the Belarusian enterprises to participation in the international conference on import substitution which will take place in September, 2017.