Geographically Distant, Economically Close
Belarus and Kazakhstan are expanding economic links
Mr Smirnov, the cooperation between Belarus and Kazakhstan is getting increasingly vibrant, as evidenced by their participation in the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space. What is your opinion of the current state of the bilateral trade and economic relations?
I would like to note that Belarus and Kazakhstan have established mutually beneficial partner relations. We have many common interests despite the distance between us. However, the distance is no obstacle to friendly relations.
For example, today Kazakhstan is interested in developing its own
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Belarus Anatoly SMIRNOV told the Economy of Belarus Magazine about the common interests of the two countries and the prospects of the bilateral trade and economic relations within the framework of integration alliances.
manufacturing capacities and assimilating new technologies. Kazakhstan welcomes all forms of cooperation from joint ventures to companies with 100% of Belarusian capital. Facts speak louder than words about the mutual benefits of this cooperation. The number of joint ventures with Belarus increases year to year. There were only 12 of them in 2010, while now we have 24 joint ventures.
They include an assembly facility of Mogilevliftmash in Pavlodar. There are plans to start producing Belarusian elevators in UstKamenogorsk.
Belarusian machines are in great demand in our grain region – Kostanai Oblast. We have launched the production of Belarusian combine harvesters, trailers and other farm machines.
Belarusian tractors have been assembled in Semey (former Semipalatinsk) since 2009. Over 2,000 machine sets have been supplied to the company this year, which means that over 2,000 tractors will be produced.
Kazakhstan is interested in setting up joint ventures to meet the needs of the local agribusiness. This year, Kazakh farmers harvested 30 million tonnes of grain and I believe that this is not the limit. This a good reason to expand cooperation between Kazakh farmers and Belarusian machinery producers.
The development of the mining industry in Kazakhstan spurred the demand for dump trucks. To satisfy the demand, BELAZ is constructing an assembly plant in Karaganda Oblast. By the way, the project is on track to be completed. Moreover, BELAZ has set up a number of dealer and service centers in Kazakhstan.
High quality and
reliability are key features for
all products of Mogilevliftmash, which are now
available in Kazakhstan. A joint venture to assemble lifts was set up in Pavlodar,
the second joint production facility will be created in Ust-kamenogorsk