Chavez in Minsk on official visit with Belarusian President Lukasehnko

BelTA: President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez has arrived in Belarus on a two-day working visit. His plane has landed in the Minsk National Airport. According to the press service of the Head of State, Hugo Chavez will meet with Belarusian President Alexander Lukasehnko.

President Chavez visited Belarus three times -- in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In December 2007, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was on an official visit to Venezuela to sign a range of important documents and attend an opening ceremony of a Belarus-Venezuela oil-extracting joint venture in the State of Anzoategui. In 2007 the Belorusneft Production Association opened its office in Venezuela.

Belarus and Venezuela created a joint oil production companies, Petrolera BeloVenezolana and the Sismica BeloVenesolana joint seismological venture. Belgorkhimprom has opened its representative office in Venezuela.

In Venezuela there are joint ventures set up jointly with BelAZ (Ven-BelAZ Camiones C.A.), BelavtoMAZ (MAZ Ven C.A.) and MTZ (VeneMinsk Tractores C.A). The Belzarubezhstroi company has opened its representative office in Caracas.

Belarus and Venezuela have been steadily developing cooperation in construction. In particular, the two sides have opened a joint venture to produce construction materials and a company for the implementation of the infrastructure and dwelling project in the Macarrao region in Caracas. The sides also implement the dwelling project in the state of Aragua (5,000 apartments).

In 2008 the Belarusian-Venezuelan Scientific & Technical Cooperation Center was created by the Metolit technological cluster of the Belarusian National Technical University and Simon Rodriguez National Experimental University.

In January-June 2009, Belarusian export to Venezuela doubled over the same period 2008. In the period under review, the Belarusian export made up $132.5 million. Import was virtually non-existent. Belarus major exports to Venezuela are potash fertilizers, trucks, tractors, special-purpose vehicles, topographic devices and instruments, trailers and semi-trailers, tyres, road equipment, soil-tillage machines, fried milk. Belarus imports coffee from Venezuela.



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