Belarus PM Sergei Sidorsky staying on visit in Tatarstan

KAZAN, May 15 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarussian Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky, who is staying in Tatarstan on a visit, will familiarize himself with the Kamsk industrial network.

The Belarussian delegation, which comprises members of the government and leaders of companies, intends to visit in Naberezhnye Chelny plants of the Kamaz amalgamation, its scientific-technical center and the industrial park KIP-Master. Then the guests will visit Nizhnekamsk where a complex to refine 14 million tons of oil and make products of petrochemistry is being built near the country's biggest plants of synthetic rubber and tire productions. In the special economic zone Alabuga, the Belarussian prime minister intends to familiarize himself with the company Sollers-Elabuga, as well as visit the amalgamation ElAZ where Belarus tractors are assembled and the Trade House MTZ-ELAZ.

As Sidorsky said in Kazan, the delegation will pay special attention to issues of "development of production cooperation, cooperation in the sphere of high technologies and restoration of pre-crisis volumes of bilateral trade." "Over the first of day of the visit, we acquainted the guests with the industrial and scientific potential of Kazan and concluded a protocol of intention," Tatar President Rustam Minnikhanov said. In the industrialized Transkama region, according to him, "new projects on integration and cooperation of Tatar and Belarussian companies" will emerge.

Trade turnover between Tatarstan and Belarus in 2008 amounted to 1.3 billion dollars. In 2009, it reduced, as Sidorsky said, "for objective reasons," because of the world financial crisis, to 840 million roubles. And in 2010, it began growing, over the first quarter of the year, the volume of production at joint ventures increased by 30 percent.


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