Moldova, Belarus sign economic cooperation treaty

Chisinau, 19 February /MOLDPRES/ - The Moldovan and Belarusian governments have signed a treaty on economic cooperation for 2010-13. The document was signed during the 12th meeting of the Moldovan-Belarusian intergovernmental commission doe economic cooperation held in Minks on 15-17 September.

The meeting was co-chaired by Moldovan Deputy Premier, Economics Minister Valeriu Lazar and Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Bambiza, the Moldovan ministry's public relations service has said.

In Minsk, Valeriu Lazar met Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Sidorski to discuss economic cooperation, in particular in the sectors of agriculture, industry, transport, construction, healthcare and regional collaboration.

The two officials explored the possibility of creating a joint venture to assemble trolley busses in Moldova. Subsequently, the enterprise may export trolleybuses to such countries as Romania and Bulgaria, taking advantage of the EU Autonomous Trade Preferences.

Lazar also visited the Minsk-based tractor plant MTZ. The Belarusian side expressed interest in assembling tractors and other agricultural machines in Moldova with Belarusian spare parts, to sell them in Moldova and subsequently to market them in other countries.

The last meeting of the Moldovan-Belarusian intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation was held in Minsk on 3 December 2008.

In 2009, Moldova's exports to Belarus stood at 80,700 million dollars, down by 12.9 per cent compared with 2008. Imports from Belarus stood at 137.4 million dollars, which makes 31 per cent less against 2008.


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