Saturday, November 25, 2017

Kuyvashev holds international cooperation meeting with Belarusian president

Sverdlovsk Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk this week to discuss methods of strengthening cooperation and developing international relations.

At the final working meeting of his visit to Minsk, Kuyvashev stressed his commitment to deepening existing partnerships and developing new collaborative projects between the Sverdlovsk region and Belarus. Kuyvashev believes such cooperative measures are particularly timely due to global recessionary trends, Oblgazeta reports.

"Middle Urals and Belarus are thousands of miles away, but we are united by the desire to live and work together," Kuyvashev said, according to Oblgazeta.

Lukashenko praised the Sverdlovsk region for being a leader in the development high-level businesses as well as cultural and social activities and confirmed his willingness to continue developing relations with the Urals.

"You and I have a lot in common and an objective mutual interest in developing cooperation in a number of specific areas," Lukashenko said, according to Oblgazeta. "I am absolutely confident that as a result of your visit, we will come to specific agreements that will ensure the expansion of comprehensive relations of Belarus with the Sverdlovsk region."

Belarus invested approximately $500 million in the Sverdlovsk region in 2013-- a slight decrease from the previous year. The most popular projects to receive Belarusian investment involve energy, machinery, machine tools and science. Next year, Lukashenko plans to increase investments to the Sverdlovsk region in the areas of agriculture and the production of high-quality food, Oblgazeta reports.

"As a result of this visit we can say that we have at least restored our economic relations," Lukashenko said, according to Oblgazeta. "And given the number of proposed joint projects in the future, we hope to increase our [level of investment]."