Chang­sha inks co-op deal with Be­larus’ Mogilev

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By FENG ZHIWEI fengzhi­wei@chi­

Chang­sha, the cap­i­tal city o f C e n t r a l C h i n a ’s Hu n a n prov­ince, re­cently reached an agree­ment for friendly re­la­tions with Mogilev, the third­largest city of Be­larus and the cap­i­tal city of Mogilev prov­ince.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony was held at the Mogilev provin­cial congress hall on June 30, on the side­lines of the Chang­sha-Mogilev Fair for Friendly Ex­change and Busi­ness Co­op­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, the two cities will have close co­op­er­a­tion in such fields as busi­ness, cul­ture, tourism and ed­u­ca­tion.

Be­larus is an im­por­tant countr y re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. Since the ini­tia­tive was pro­posed by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment in 2013, busi­ness ties be­tween the two coun­tries have in­creased sub­stan­tially.

Amid deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion, Hu­nan and Mogilev prov­inces signed an agree­ment for friendly re­la­tions in April.

Busi­ness ties be­tween Chang­sha and Mogilev, cap­i­tal cities of the two prov­inces, have also seen steady growth.

A num­ber of renowned com­pa­nies from Chang­sha, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion and build­ing ma­chine com­pany Zoom­lion, Bosch Au­to­mo­tive Pr o d u c t s C h a n g s h a , Tr u k - ing Tech­nolog y, Dechuang In­stru­ment and Xiaox­i­ang Tea In­dus­try, have es­tab­lished oper­a­tions in Mogilev city and the rest of Be­larus.

Zoom­lion is one of the first com­pa­nies from Chang­sha to do busi­ness in Be­larus.

It be­gan to take part in the con­struc­tion of the Chi­naBe­larus In­dus­trial Park in Mogilev city in 2015.

With the help of Zoom­lion, the Chang­sha busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice was es­tab­lished on June 30 in the in­dus­trial park.

“We will make full use of our re­sources here to help more com­pa­nies from Chang­sha city and Hu­nan prov­ince to set­tle in Be­larus,” said an ex­ec­u­tive re­spon­si­ble for Zoom­lion’s oper­a­tions in Be­larus.

The ex­ec­u­tive said Zoom­lion and MAZ — a renowned lo­cal truck and build­ing ma­chine man­u­fac­turer — founded a joint venture in Be­larus last year. He said the joint venture will fo­cus on lo­cal­ized assem­bly and pro­duc­tion for con­struc­tion ma­chines based on Zoom­lion’s tech­nolo­gies.

He added that a con­struc­tion ma­chiner y pro­duc­tion chain is ex­pected to be formed, a goal that will in­volve the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more en­ter­prises from both Be­larus and China.

from Chang­sha had talked with lo­cal com­pa­nies and govern­ments in Mogilev for trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion the amount of trade be­tween Chang­sha and Be­larus in 2016

Dur­ing the Chang­sha-Mogilev Fair for Friendly Ex­change and Busi­ness Co­op­er­a­tion, more than 30 com­pa­nies from Chang­sha had talked with lo­cal com­pa­nies and govern­ments in Mogilev for trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion.

The ne­go­ti­ated in­vest­ment projects cov­ered such fields as fire­works pro­duc­tion, tim­ber pro­cess­ing, con­struc­tion of man­u­fac­tured houses, ma­chine build­ing , ho­tels, elec­tron­ics and en­ergy-sav­ing equip­ment.

Dur­ing the fair, Chang­shabased Broad Homes In­dus­trial In­ter­na­tional de­cided to do­nate eight units of man­u­fac­tured homes to Mogilev city to help im­prove hous­ing for lo­cal fam­i­lies with fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

Chang­sha’s re­tail gi­ant Bet­ter Life Group also signed agree­ments with lo­cal dairy com­pa­nies to sell their prod­ucts to Hu­nan as well as the rest of China.

Chang­sha’s lo­cal pro­duce, in­clud­ing fire­works, ce­ram­ics and tea, were also ex­hib­ited at the fair.

When vis­it­ing a show of Hu­nan teas, a Be­laru­sian girl named Irena said she was deeply im­pressed by the prod­ucts.

“Just like cof­fee, it has a magic taste,” she said.

More than 10 tea com­pa­nies from Chang­sha dis­played their prod­ucts at the fair.

An of­fi­cial from the Chang­sha bureau of com­merce said the city ’s prod­ucts are well re­ceived in Be­larus.

Since the open­ing of di­rect Hu­nan-Europe freight rail trans­port — which passes through Be­larus — in 2015, trade be­tween Chang­sha and Be­larus has be­come more con­ve­nient.

T h e b u r e a u o ff i c i a l s a i d trade be­tween Chang­sha and Be­larus to­taled $6.8 mil­lion last year. Chang­sha’s ex­ports mainly in­clude ma­chines, elec­tron­ics, fire­works, au­to­mo­tive com­po­nents and food and bev­er­age prod­ucts.

The Chang­sha busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice opens in the Chi­naBe­larus In­dus­trial Park on June 30.

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