Belarus is ready for active development of co-operation with the Perm Territory of Russia — as stated by the Head of State during his meeting with the Governor of this Russian region, Dmitry Makhonin
Dmitry Makhonin PHOTO BY BELTA
Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasised,“Your region is rich, and people are very talented, advanced. And, most importantly, this is a promising and forward-looking region. You keep saying that this region is the backbone of Russia. I absolutely agree with you. Since this is the backbone of huge Russia, we are destined to co-operate. We should demonstrate to everyone that we can do without those who do not want to work with us, and we should also demonstrate that we can achieve a lot.”
The President of Belarus also added, “You should know that we will always do everything possible and even impossible for the Russians in general, and even more so for your people, our people in Perm Territory”.
Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed to a slight decrease in trade with Perm Territory and the need to take additional measures to boost it.
The President noted that mechanical engineering is one of economic mainstays in Belarus; the country has good skill sets in this field. Back in the Soviet Union, it was the place where finishing and assembly were done.
“We, a country with strong mechanical engineering, are ready to co-operate with you. Not only to trade, but also co-operate in order to make products together,” he said.
Agriculture is another area where Belarus has good skill sets. This is the economic sector where Belarus and Perm Territory can expand their co-operation. “We have preserved the agricultural industry. If a country cannot provide itself with food, it can hardly be called sovereign and independent and its survival is questionable,” said the Head of State.
The Head of State noted that Belarus is implementing joint projects in agriculture on Sakhalin and in Amur Region. Perm Territory is even much closer.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also drew attention to the plans of Perm Territory to hold a regional agrarian forum. The Belarusian side is ready to pitch in, having many years of experience of hosting the international agro exhibition Belagro.
The President spoke about the importance of joint work in the field of import substitution amid the imposed sanctions, “After all these sanctions were imposed, we need to rely on our own strength, develop our own capacity, substitute imports in all areas. Let’s work on this together. At least the Russian President and I have no disagreements in this regard.”
Belarus offers its construction services to the Perm Territory. In addition to the topic of construction, in many regions there is the issue of renovation and restoration of previously built housing stock, and this primarily concerns elevator equipment. The Belarusians are ready to give their hand to the Permians in this regard.