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Lukashenko: Belarus, Egypt prioritize joint ventures

CAIRO (BelTA) – Belarus and Egypt have decided to prioritize joint ventures, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko told journalists after the talks with Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus and Egypt are close partners. We have great prospects. Lately we have advanced our cooperation greatly. It is facilitated by a constant dialogue between Minsk and Cairo. There are no closed topics, the [Egyptian] president and I always fully and sincerely discuss all matters. Today's talks were also like that,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

The presidents focused of trade and economic ties. “I am happy to note that our agreements on cooperation in this field are being implemented: both Belarus and Egypt put a lot of effort into it,” the Belarusian head of state said.

According to him, the countries already cooperate in manufacturing, the military and technical field, agriculture, science, and humanitarian affairs. Belarus-Egypt industrial cooperation began with projects to set up assembly plants in Egypt. They produce machines and equipment of the Belarusian automobile engineering company MAZ and tractor manufacturer MTZ. Plans are in place to launch the production of machines of Belarus' Bobruiskagromash and Amkodor, engines of Minsk Motor Plant.

“I am sure that the development of industrial cooperation goes fully in step with the interests of the two countries and helps get access to markets of Egypt's neighboring African countries, which is very important to us. I hope we will be able to satisfy the needs of the whole 100-million Egyptian market. From Cairo we work together practically for the whole of Africa. We are also looking into options to tap into more markets of the continent together,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Belarus sees promise in innovations, advanced technology, science, and education. “This is why we prioritize promotion of high-tech products in Egypt and establishment of joint ventures. This approach has already proven effective,” the president stressed.

The Belarusian head of state believes that cooperation in security and information technology, including modern public security systems, holds a lot of promise. Belarus is ready to supply the most advanced medical equipment and food products to Egypt.