According to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Ergaly Bolegenov, the site is perfect as a launching pad for Belarus into Central Asia and beyond.
The diplomat notes that our two presidents discussed the use of the Horgos logistics centre at their meeting in Minsk, in May 2012. He adds, “It’s important to find the best way forward. Kazakhstan could perhaps gain access to terminals in the Brest Region; it’s on the negotiating table.”
Talks are also underway on the supply of Kazakh oil to Belarus. “It’s an issue of great interest to both sides,” continues Mr. Bolegenov. “However, as we have no common borders, we’re settling these issues via a third party, the Russian Federation, which hosts the Transneft pipelines. These aren’t issues which can be solved today but they should be settled by the time the Eurasian Economic Union is established. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s oil refining efficiency stands at about 50 percent, while it comes closer to 90 percent in Belarus.”
The Kazakh Ambassador noted some other Belarusian successes, saying, “Your dairy produce is very competitive, as are some other of your agricultural goods. Moreover, your enterprises are ever improving, with ties between industry and scientific institutions well-developed.” Mr. Bolegenov believes that Kazakhstan may also join the WTO next year since Russia’s membership will raise competition on the market hugely, affecting Belarusian and Kazakh companies.