Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with Kazakhstan Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov

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President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko suggests expanding the involvement of Belarus in the industrialization of the Kazakhstan economy. Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement at the meeting with Kazakhstan Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov on 25 April.

“As far as Kazakhstan is concerned, you and I and Russia have already created, I hope, a very promising organization that will help both the states and the people, who live in these countries. I absolutely agree with Nursultan Nazarbayev that processes in this organization must never be politicized,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. “And we are in no hurry, we calmly address the problems that have been piled up. If we resolve them, then indeed without building some fences we will be able to move on, mastering new processes and addressing new problems as they emerge”.

Yet Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that the Single Economic Space in its present state already produces results, including an increase in the bilateral cooperation volume. In 2012 Belarus-Kazakhstan trade was close to $1 billion. “We once dreamed about it and now we have it,” remarked the head of state.

“I think that Belarusians should work harder in the industrialization of the Kazakh economy. It is profitable for us,” stressed the President.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, Kazakhstan is also interested in such cooperation and has always promoted it. Apart from that, Belarusian goods boast a good price to quality ratio. “If you need something, we will immediately deliver it. For us Kazakhstan is not an alien country, it is a very promising and rich country both now and in the future. Cooperation with Kazakhstan is beneficial for our state and the people,” said the President.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Belarus seeks markets to sell merchandise far abroad. “But we sometimes forget that Belarus has enough markets nearby,” he said. The head of state also pointed out that the economies of Belarus and Kazakhstan are mutually complementary.

In turn, Serik Akhmetov said that a high-level meeting within the framework of the Single Economic Space is scheduled to take place in Kazakhstan on 29 May. The meeting will table the intensively developing integration processes. He agreed with the statement that it is necessary to build “the first floor” in this integration and then proceed consistently from that.

Speaking about the bilateral relations, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan said that the existing bilateral trade of $1 billion is not the limit. “We have a huge potential and we should at least double it in the next few years,” believes Serik Akhmetov. He noted that it is mainly products of the production sector, agriculture, and processing industries that are traded. “This is why we have to set up joint ventures virtually in all the branches of the economy and should deliver the merchandise, including to markets of other countries,” stressed the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.