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St. Petersburg interested in purchasing Belarusian municipal vehicles

ST. PETERSBURG, 19 October (BelTA) - St. Petersburg is interested in purchasing Belarusian municipal vehicles, St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said as he met with Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich, BelTA reports.

The Governor noted that the issue of upgrading the motor pool is now extremely topical for St. Petersburg. “In this regard, we would like to see what is produced in Belarus,” he said. Of particular interest for the city is snow-clearing equipment. In addition, St. Petersburg is ready to consider attracting skilled workers from Belarus for the servicing of such vehicles.

St. Petersburg is also ready to consider a possibility of purchasing passenger urban transport from Belarus. “The city needs to upgrade its motor pool,” said Georgy Poltavchenko.

In general, the Governor drew attention to the fact that the plan for trade, economic, scientific, technological, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between Saint Petersburg and Belarus is expiring this year. A new plan of such partnership for 2012-2016 is in the works. In this regard, Georgy Poltavchenko offered to discuss key areas of the document, including innovative development, new technologies, production of modern technology and its exploitation in St. Petersburg.

In turn, Mikhail Myasnikovich said that Belarus is interested in developing cooperation with St. Petersburg and is ready to consider new projects for the production of urban passenger transport for the city: buses, trolleybuses, and high-speed trams. “We have good long-standing relations and we have seriously advanced in our cooperation,” emphasized the Prime Minister. This is evidenced by many new contacts and new projects, which contribute not only to the trade but to the partnership between the two parties in new areas. The Belarusian head of government invited the Governor of St. Petersburg to visit Belarus with an official visit in Q1 2012.

In 2010 the trade between St. Petersburg and Belarus increased by 29% from 2009 to a total of $1.3 billion. Belarus’ exports went up by 10% to $441 million. The main export items of St. Petersburg to Belarus are ferrous metals, machinery, tobacco, electrical equipment and more. Last year’s imports from Belarus to St. Petersburg reached $828 million, up 42% from 2009. Belarus’ major exports to St. Petersburg are meat and meat products, dairy products, ferrous metals, furniture and others. In 2010, Belarus’ investments in St. Petersburg reached $606 million. Last year Belarus was the second biggest investor of St. Petersburg.