By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijani and Belarusian enterprises are committed to continue cooperation in machine building industry.
Thus, Belarussian companies Belavtomaz (MAZ) and MTZ Holding signed official documents with the Ganja automobile plant for delivery of car and tractor sets in 2016-2017. This was stated by the Belarussian Ministry of Industry on November 30.
The agreements were signed during the official visit of the Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko in Baku on November 28-29.
The agreement with JSC MAZ provides for the delivery of up to 350 units of machinery and equipment in the next year. As for the contract with JSC MTZ, it is planned to deliver 1,500 tractors in the current and next years.
During the 10th session of the Intergovernmental Belarusian-Azerbaijani Commission on trade and economic cooperation, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko and Minister of Industry Vitaly Vovk, together with Azerbaijani colleagues, discussed the issues of industrial cooperation, increase of the range of assembly production in Ganja (passenger, agricultural, construction and municipal equipment), as well as supply of products from Belarussian JSC Mogilevliftmash.
More than 7,000 “Belarus” tractors and over 2,500 of MAZ automobiles were assembled in Azerbaijan during the joint cooperation. The plans of the Minsk tractor plant and Ganja automobile plant envisage bringing the total annual assembly of equipment up to 2,000 by the 2020 year.
There is a mutual interest in the assembly of the Minsk automobile plant’s passenger vehicles at the Ganja automobile plant.
In the first nine months of 2016, the turnover between enterprises of the Belarussian Ministry of Industry and Azerbaijani companies amounted to $25 million. Among them, exports made up $24.3 million, while import totalled $700,000.
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