Meeting with Russia’s Sakhalin Oblast Governor Oleg Kozhemyako

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Belarus is interested in taking part in projects to create outstripping social and economic development territories on Russia’s Sakhalin Island. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with Governor of Russia’s Sakhalin Oblast Oleg Kozhemyako on 5 October.

According to the head of state, Belarus is interested in projects meant to create outstripping social and economic development territories on Sakhalin. Aleksandr Lukashenko said he believes plans have been made for 29 projects like that. The President assured that the Russian region will not have problems with Belarusian partners. Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned that primarily state-run Belarusian companies will help implement those projects. “Guarantees of our government in this regard mean a lot,” said the President.

Manufacturing cooperation, agriculture, and civil engineering can become priority avenues of cooperation. According to the head of state, Belarus is ready to help Sakhalin Oblast modernize its agribusiness. Belarusian companies are also ready to take an active part in the construction of motorways and logistics centers in Sakhalin Oblast. Cooperation in passenger transport, including vehicles powered by gas engines, looks promising.

Sakhalin Oblast can count on Belarusian technologies, equipment, machines, project and engineering services as well as consumer goods in the course of implementation of programs in the region. The head of state underlined that in the current complicated economic conditions Belarus offers very profitable financial schemes to buyers of Belarusian products.

Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated Oleg Kozhemyako on winning the governor election. In the past Oleg Kozhemyako was the governor of Amur Oblast, which has become a leading trade partner of Belarus in the Far East Federal District over the last three years. Aleksandr Lukashenko said he was confident that the successful experience of cooperation with Belarus will allow changing the state of affairs with regard to trade with Sakhalin. For now Belarus’ trade with Sakhalin Oblast is insignificant — close to $2-4 million per annum.