Ge­o­graph­i­cally Dis­tant, Eco­nom­i­cally Close

Be­larus and Kaza­khstan are ex­pand­ing eco­nomic links

Economy of Belarus - - INTEGRATION - Alina GRISHKEVICH, Econ­omy of Be­larus Mag­a­zine

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

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