Be­laru­sian-ta­jik Hori­zons

Be­larus and Ta­jik­istan have set out their road map for the long-term co­op­er­a­tion through 2020

Economy of Belarus - - FOREIGN ECONOMIC RELATIONS - Vladimir MATVEYEV, Econ­omy of Be­larus Mag­a­zine

New Co­op­er­a­tion Facets

Dur­ing the one-on-one talks, and dur­ing the talks fea­tur­ing the del­e­ga­tions, the pres­i­dents dis­cussed the en­tire range of bi­lat­eral rela-

Ta­jik­istan has tra­di­tion­ally been an im­por­tant and re­li­able part­ner for Be­larus in Cen­tral Asia. The work car­ried out re­cently at the level of the gov­ern­ments has laid a foun­da­tion for long-term co­op­er­a­tion in a wide range of ar­eas. The gov­ern­ments have made the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments for the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of the di­a­logue at the top level, which should be­come the key to the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of joint ini­tia­tives. The of­fi­cial visit of Be­laru­sian Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Lukashenko to Ta­jik­istan on 27-29 Oc­to­ber proved that the po­ten­tial of the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion was much higher than ex­port-im­port op­er­a­tions. The sides voiced their de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­velop other forms of eco­nomic in­ter­ac­tion, too.

tions and fo­cused on the econ­omy, com­merce, sup­plies of var­i­ous types of Be­laru­sian equip­ment, in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion and cre­ation of joint pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties, par­tic­i­pa­tion of Be­laru­sian com­pa­nies in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of large-scale in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment projects in Ta­jik­istan.

The heads of state also dis­cussed the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of in­te­gra­tion as­so­ci­a­tions, ex­changed their opin­ions on in­ter­na­tional is­sues and dis­cussed in­ter­ac­tion in cul­ture, sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion and other promis­ing ar­eas.

“To­day’s meet­ing has marked a new era in the his­tory of Be­laru­sianTa­jik re­la­tions. We are strongly de­ter­mined to ex­pand our re­la­tions,” said Alexan­der Lukashenko in the course of the talks with Ta­jik Pres­i­dent Emo­mali Rah­mon.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ta­jik leader, the re­la­tions with Be­larus are among the pri­or­i­ties of Ta­jik­istan’s for­eign po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic strat­egy. In re­cent years the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion has be­come more di­verse and prac­ti­cal.

The bi­lat­eral trade be­tween Be­larus and Ta­jik­istan in re­cent years has risen con­sid­er­ably from $6 mil­lion in 2003 to $47.6 mil­lion in 2010. In Jan­uary-au­gust 2011 the trade rose by 84.3% to $48.8 mil­lion with Be­larus reporting a trade sur­plus of $13.5 mil­lion. The bulk of the Be­laru­sian exports to Ta­jik­istan is su­gar, trac­tors, flu­o­rides, wood­work­ing prod­ucts, fur­ni­ture, med­i­cal prepa­ra­tions. Ta­jik­istan sup­plies mostly cotton fiber and dried fruit.

Ta­jik­istan is Be­larus’ tra­di­tional and re­li­able part­ner within the

By 2015, Ta­jik­istan is go­ing to re­new its farm ma­chines pool us­ing Be­laru­sian

trac­tors, grain har­vesters, at­tached

im­ple­ments and trail­ers. Com­bine

har­vesters Lida 1300 are ready for

ship­ment

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