CHISINAU, 9 December (BelTA) – A number of bilateral documents were signed at the 15th session of the Belarusian-Moldovan intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation in Chisinau on 9 December, BelTA has learned.
The session was chaired by Vice Premier of Belarus Mikhail Rusyi and Vice Premier, Economy Minister of Moldova Valeriu Lazar.
Representatives of the Belarusian side and the Moldovan one signed a supplemental agreement to the contract between the managing company of the Belkommunmash holding company and the Chisinau city municipal electric transport enterprise. The contract envisages the delivery of 50 kits to assemble trolleybuses in Chisinau in 2014. A contract was signed by Smorgon Assembly Plant and OOO Agrofermotech for the delivery of tractor assembly kits for the batch assembly of horticultural tractors in Moldova. A contract was signed by OAO Keramin and the joint venture Keramin Moldova for the delivery of ceramic tiles and sanitary wares in 2014. The company OAO Spartak signed a contract with the retail chain Linella. Apart from that, the protocol of the session was signed. During the session the sides discussed the state and prospects of the development of trade and economic relations, cooperation in agribusiness, production sector, transport, civil engineering, power engineering, communications, healthcare, pharmaceutics, tourism, and interregional contacts.
Mikhail Rusyi and Valeriu Lazar were satisfied with results of the work done so far this year. They mentioned good dynamics of mutual trade and the availability of prospects for stepping up the trade turnover by implementing new joint projects in various areas. Virtually all the plans set by the previous session of the intergovernmental commission in Minsk in 2012 had been fulfilled.
Valeriu Lazar remarked that Belarus and Moldova had entered a new phase in cooperation by making the transition to more complicated projects, including manufacturing cooperation ones. In 2013 projects to jointly assemble trolleybuses and tractors were tested. The sides started implementing partnership projects to promote joint projects to third countries. Valeriu Lazar said he was confident that new contracts will contribute to higher mutual trade.
Representatives of the Embassy of Belarus in Moldova told BelTA, in January-October 2013 the bilateral trade turnover totaled $292.7 million, 2.4% up from January-October 2012. In the period Belarus’ export to Moldova edged up by 0.3% to $221.6 million, with import from Moldova up by 9.7% to $71.2 million. The surplus of Belarus’ foreign trade with Moldova amounted to $150.4 million.