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Chinese Harbin to assemble Belarusian agricultural machines, trailers

MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) – The choice of products made by Belarusian-Chinese joint ventures in the Chinese city of Harbin will be expanded with new kinds of agricultural machines. The additions include tillage outfits, pickup balers, mounted and trailed equipment. The relevant agreement was reached by Belarusian Industry Minister Mr Dmitry Katerinich and Harbin Mayor Mr Song Xibin at a meeting in Minsk, the press service of the Belarusian Industry Ministry told BelTA.

The sides noted that Belarus and the city of Harbin had established special relations while the China-based joint ventures assemble Belarusian harvesters and tractors for the benefit of both countries. Those are the joint ventures Harbin Dongjin Gomel Agricultural Mechanical Engineering Enterprise and Harbin Dongjin Minsk Tractor. The Belarusian Industry Minister thanked the Chinese side for the support rendered to the Belarusian-Chinese joint ventures to build up the manufacturing capacity to assemble forage harvesters. He also suggested assembling more tractors and harvesters and expanding the product choice of the joint ventures by manufacturing mounted aggregates and trailers.

At the meeting Belarusian mechanical engineering products, which are available for joint manufacturing, were presented before the Chinese guests. The choice included products made by Gomselmash, Minsk Tractor Works, Bobruiskagromash, Bobruiskselmash, Lidselmash, Lidagroprommash, and OAO Horizont Holding Management Company.

BelTA has been told the Belarusian side is also interested in expanding cooperation in the production sector in a large number of areas, including an interest in setting up joint ventures in Belarus. Work is now in progress to set up the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park and attract potential resident companies, to set up enterprises as joint ventures and foreign-owned companies.

For the sake of further enhancing and promoting the bilateral cooperation between Belarus and the city of Harbin the sides suggested setting up a Belarus-Harbin commission for trade, industry, science, technology and culture cooperation. A framework agreement to create the commission was signed. The first session of the commission was held.

According to the Belarusian Industry Ministry, in January-August 2012 the Ministry’s enterprises exported $47.2 million worth of merchandise to China, 97% as against the same period of last year, with import at $120.9 million. China occupied the 10th position in the total volume of merchandise exported by the Industry Ministry enterprises as of 1 August 2012, the 4th position in the volume of imported merchandise and the 6th position in the volume of trade turnover. In 2011 Industry Ministry enterprises exported nearly $63.7 million worth of merchandise to China, 134% as against 2010, and imported $95.6 million worth of merchandise (129.7%). The trade turnover amounted to $159.3 million (121%).