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Andrei Kobyakov met with President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov

Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov on 15 March met with the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

The meeting was held in the framework of the working visit of Head of Government in the Republic of Tatarstan.

The sides discussed prospects of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, the conditions of implementation of joint projects.

"Tatarstan to Belarus - a longtime friend and biggest economic partner. Our trade and economic cooperation is rather serious proportions," said Andrei Kobyakov.

However, he stated the fall in trade turnover. "The maximum number that we had in 2012 - 2 billion. USA. In 2015 this amount has decreased in two times. But the physical volumes we have enough decent. We set a goal to return to the level of our maximum values and significantly add for those areas where opportunity is evident", - said the Head of Government.

One of these directions he called industrial cooperation. "Currently there are favorable conditions for a higher level of development of our bilateral relations. Created in Tatarstan of joint Assembly production of agricultural machinery MTZ. We have a company such as "Bobruiskagromash", which is produced by the hinged equipment, including tractors MTZ. We quite rightly talked about the need to develop the production of elevators," stated Andrei Kobyakov.

In turn, Rustam Minnikhanov noted that Belarus and Tatarstan are actively cooperating on various fronts. According to him, the meeting in narrow format the parties discussed prospects of development of LLC "Trading house "MTZ-ELAZ". "I am confident that our agreements will extend to stabilize operation and to provide Belarusian equipment on the Russian market in the broader the range", - added Rustam Minnikhanov.

Andrei Kobyakov and Rustam Minnikhanov on March 15 jointly visited the Kazan helicopter plant, where he examined the key modernized the plant, got acquainted with the range of equipment manufactured here.

As told reporters at a briefing following the meeting, Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus and Tatarstan have found understanding on all the issues raised. "We are satisfied with the depth and thoroughness, discipline and business rigor with which talks were held. We found common ground on virtually all the issues raised. Let not the impression that these questions were simple and light. There have been difficult issues that have affected our trade and economic cooperation. But thanks to the weighed and detailed on the positions of our partners we managed to solve almost all the issues," he said.

According to the Prime Minister, Belarus and Tatarstan have good prospects of bilateral cooperation in the expansion of cooperative relations, improving the activities of the joint Assembly productions. "We discussed the possibility of participation of Belarusian enterprises in the program of fleet renewal of agricultural machinery. In Tatarstan has more than 16 thousand Belarusian tractors and harvesters. Expect that in the near future we will significantly fill up this Park, because such equipment has the need for renewal and modernization," he said.

In addition, Belarus and Tatarstan are considering the possibility of joint production of passenger vehicles. "We readily accepted the proposal for cooperation in joint production and supply of trolley buses and trams, which are currently not produced in Tatarstan", - said Andrei Kobyakov.

Belarus is also ready to offer the PJSC "KAMAZ" a wide range of advanced automotive components. "We expect to participate in the program of import substitution, which is being held in Russia, specifically at KAMAZ, and offer a range of modern components, not inferior either in price or in quality to foreign analogues", - said Andrei Kobyakov. However, he stressed that right now the supplies of Belarusian enterprises on a number of components ranging from 60% to 100%.

In the near future Belarus and Tatarstan will actualize the roadmap of trade-economic cooperation. "Belarus is one of the leading trading partners of Tatarstan. Today, with Belarusian colleagues discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation. We need to update the road map of joint actions for expansion of trade-economic and investment cooperation", - Rustam Minnikhanov noted.

According to him, the meeting was able to identify the main areas of work to expand the nomenclature and increase bilateral trade. The sides agreed to intensify the work of the joint working group for development cooperation. "It is important to deepen the cooperation of our manufacturers, particularly in the fields of engineering and high technology. Among priority areas of cooperation are petrochemistry, industrial complex, including light industry. These areas will be the subject of special attention of our ministries and departments", - he said.

Rustam Minnikhanov noted also that the wide opportunities are opened and the parties in cooperation in the field of culture, science, education, sports and tourism. "Still can't fully use the existing potential. I am convinced that the visit to Tatarstan of the Belarusian delegation will contribute to further development of cooperation between our republics. In difficult times we should support each other," he concluded.

Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov is on a working visit in Tatarstan on March 15-16.