Partnership with many components
Belarus enjoys intensive co-operative ties with Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Region
The strength of our liaisons is well confirmed by the past four visits of the Nizhny Novgorod Region’s Governor, Valery Shantsev, to Belarus. The fruit of these labours is evident in trade figures, with mutual turnover now exceeding $500m. The Nizhny Novgorod Region is ranked 8th among all Russian regions for trade with our Republic while Belarus is its third highest ranking trade partner. Clearly, both sides are keen to take relations further, as discussed by Mr. Lukashenko and Mr. Shantsev during their meeting.
Owing to regional ties, Belarusian-Russian co-operation is strengthening, as the President and his guest agreed. Our countries have advanced significantly across political, economic and humanitarian spheres since the Union State was launched.
Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod Region share similar economies, with liaisons in the agro-industrial branch. According to Mr. Shantsev, progress in this area much relies on Belarusian experience and developments (such as the construction of large milk-commodity complexes). Meanwhile, the Nizhny Novgorod Region is eager to set up production of buses for city transport, working with Belarusian counterparts.
Speaking of future prospects, Mr. Lukashenko said, “Positive trade dynamics are our major goal. We must find new points of contact and new forms of collaboration, while supporting existing co-operative ties between Belarusian and Nizhny Novgorod industrial enterprises, and developing co-operation in the field of construction of communal housing.”
Our bilateral interaction covers far more than trade, including sports, exhibitions, culture, education and youth policy. Nizhny Novgorod is now preparing to host the 2018 World Football Championship, for which it is able to benefit from Belarus’ experience of hosting the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship. Mr. Shantsev notes that co-operation with Belarus is a priority for the Nizhny Novgorod Region’s foreign activity and that he will do all he can to encourage growth in turnover, developing measures with Belarus to avoid any decline in this sphere.
By Vladimir Khromov