Nicolae Timofti: ‘Belarus is moving forward into the modern world’
The President of Moldova visited the Council of the Republic early in the morning to meet the Chairman of the National Assembly’s Council of the Republic, Mikhail Myasnikovich, and other parliamentarians
On the final day of his visit to Belarus, the President of Moldova visited the Council of the Republic early in the morning to meet the Chairman of the National Assembly’s Council of the Republic, Mikhail Myasnikovich, the Chairman of the House of Representatives, Vladimir Andreichenko, and other parliamentarians. He personally shook hands with all of them, understanding that a considerable amount of work lies ahead to realise the planned agreements. Mr. Timofti also visited Minsk’s Tractor Works and the Belarusian-Swiss Stadler Minsk enterprise.
Mr. Myasnikovich proposed an exchange of ideas — developed as part of the Eurasian Economic Union — with Moldovan policy makers; this would facilitate the development of an act to allow mutual trade in the future.
Mr. Andreichenko also thanked the President and the Moldovan delegation for the meeting and welcomed the development of relations between our two countries. “Belarus views your country and your people with much warmth,” he said. “We enjoy close ties and Moldova is a very important trade and economic partner for Belarus.”
Later in the day, Mr. Timofti visited Minsk’s Tractor Works and, while attending an exhibition of MTZ, Amkodor and MAZ machinery, drove a MAZ bus and a powerful new ‘Belarus-3522’ tractor. The delegation spent more time than was planned in the Council of the Republic and, due to this, an excursion to plant had to be postponed. However, the guests met its Director, Fiodor Domotenko, who informed them that his plant aims to meet the task of increasing tractor sales to Moldova. “We’ve received an invitation to visit your country in the near future to discuss our co-operation,” he said. In turn, Moldova’s Deputy Economy Minister, Oktavian Kalmyk, expressed his country’s interest in using the new MTZ models in its agricultural industry. Following this, the Stadler Minsk Belarusian-Swiss enterprise showed the Moldovan President the full production cycle of modern electric trains, also taking him for a ride. Sitting in the driver’s seat, Mr. Timofti was pleasantly surprised to see that these are highly technological and aesthetic new products. He also confirmed that Belarus-made trains could operate in Moldova in the future.
Overall, the visit was fruitful, with many agreements achieved. There are plans to continue the growth in bilateral turnover; last year, it reached $420m. Belarus and Moldova aim for this to increase even further, with Mr. Timofti commenting, “It was very satisfying to see everything with my own eyes, to be reassured that Belarus is moving forward. What you are doing in modernising the state industry is of clear benefit to all.”
By Vladimir Velikhov