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Belarus seeks joint venture partners in Turkmenistan

MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – Belarus offers Turkmenistan to set up joint companies, Belarus Premier Mikhail Myasnikovich said as he met with Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Sapardurdy Toilyev on 20 September.

“We should work more on joint ventures to produce competitive goods and services both for our markets and third countries,” the PM said.

Mikhail Myasnikovich praised Belarus-Turkmenistan cooperation in trade, economic, education, social and cultural areas. “We value highly the relations we have between our countries as well as those friendly and trustworthy relations between the two presidents,” the head of government said.

Construction of the Garlyk mining and processing factory is a large-scale joint project. The two countries have made great headway in its implementation, although some issues remain protracted, Mikhail Myasnikovich said. He took note of the issues regarding engineering infrastructure of the project as well as electricity and water supply. The Prime Minister emphasized the necessity to improve the legal framework.

Apart from it, Belarus is interested in closer cooperation with Turkmenistan in medicine. “We have a solid groundwork in the area which can be useful for your country, including in transplantology,” the Premier said.

Sapardurdy Toilyev noted that Turkmenistan sets a high value on cooperation with Belarus. He conveyed greetings from the President of Turkmenistan and thanked Mikhail Myasnikovich for his personal contribution to the development of the Belarusian-Turkmen cooperation. While in Belarus, the delegation of Turkmenistan has visited a number of educational and medical institutions. Turkmen representatives have also been given a tour of a speleological center in Soligorsk. “The center we saw in Soligorsk made us think about developing something similar at the Garlyk mining and processing factory,” Sapardurdy Toilyev said.