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from 27.06.2016

Andrei Kobyakov met with the Chairman of the National legislative Assembly of Thailand

Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov on June 27 met with the parliamentary delegation of Thailand led by Chairman of the National legislative Assembly Pornpetch Wichitcholchai.

The head of Government noted that Belarus considers Thailand as an important and promising partner in Southeast Asia, powerful States and influential participant in international relations, one of the leaders of the ASEAN countries.

Intensification of contacts between the two countries at all levels forms a solid base for mutually beneficial cooperation. Belarus and Thailand have similar positions on key issues on the international agenda.

The volume of mutual trade between the countries is not great: in 2015 the trade turnover amounted to slightly more than $ 100 million. USA. "But this is only the beginning. Joint implementation of major projects is a good opportunity to strengthen our cooperation", - said Andrei Kobyakov. According to him, there is the potential for multiple increase in the volume of bilateral trade in the next few years. In this area it is important to establish counter deliveries. "We invite our partners to mutually beneficial cooperation. We are ready to support joint projects for the supply of rubber and traditional agricultural products to our market", - said the Prime Minister.

He recalled that in the field of mechanical engineering Belarus is among the leading countries-manufacturers of equipment, has the experience and unique technology.

Belarus is ready to supply to Thailand the whole range of engineering products. In particular, considering the issues of supply of grain cars, negotiations on the supply of mining equipment BelAZ. "We are also interested in actively promoting on the Thai market MTZ tractors assembled in Cambodia," said Andrei Kobyakov. In addition, Belarus is ready to supply modern and reliable buses to update the fleet of passenger vehicles in Bangkok.

The head of Government noted that in the package with the commodity supply Belarus offers modern financial instruments, attractive terms of sales of Belarusian equipment. It is an export lending, the supply of equipment through international leasing. "We see not only the sale but also the manufacture of popular equipment in your country - said the Prime Minister. - Minsk automobile plant is already such negotiations".

Another important area is the supply to Thailand of Belarusian potash fertilizers. "We are ready to fully meet the needs of Thailand, including under long-term contracts", - assured the Prime Minister.

"With your support and participation we would like to establish strong communication channels with Thai partners for the promotion of Belarusian products in your country," he added. For us your suggestions are very useful."

An important and effective instrument of developing bilateral relations could be the creation of the intergovernmental Belarusian-Thai Commission on trade-economic cooperation. Belarus proposes to accelerate its development so as to begin substantive work on specific areas of the partnership. "It is important to speed up work on the agreement on cooperation in the field of trade and economy between Belarus and Thailand, which provides for the establishment of such intergovernmental Commission", - said Andrei Kobyakov.

He expressed confidence that joint efforts can provide a way out of relations between Belarus and Thailand to a new level.

In turn, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai thanked Andrei Kobyakov and the Government of Belarus for the warm reception and expressed hope for dynamic development of relations between two countries.