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Belarus-Kazakhstan future in localized manufacturing

MINSK, 25 April (BelTA) – The future of Belarus and Kazakhstan lies with joint ventures with serious localization. The opinion was voiced by Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich as he met with Kazakhstan Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov in Minsk on 25 April, BelTA has learned.

“We have accepted your criticism that we are insufficiently active on the Kazakh market. It is primarily true for Belarusian automobile companies, including BelAZ,” said Mikhail Myasnikovich. “Our manufacturers of tractors and agricultural machines are milling about but if we want to fully explore the capacity of the Kazakh market, we should do it differently. We should do it via joint ventures with rather serious localization instead of primitive repair shops,” said Mikhail Myasnikovich. He admitted that indeed the production of BelAZ vehicles using profound localization had been discussed for several years with no tangible results yet. The Prime Minister of Belarus also reminded that they had talked about it during previous meetings. “But I see it is not sufficient,” he remarked.

The Belarus Prime Minister also underlined that there are several new projects that can be implemented, in particular, those involving agricultural manufacturing.