Armenia's trade with Belarus in Jan.-July rises to $29 million

YEREVAN, September 27, /ARKA/. Armenia's trade with Belarus in the first seven months of 2010 grew to $29 million, according to Valentin Chekanov, Belarus' trade minister who spoke today at the opening of the 8-th meeting of Armenia-Belarus intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation in Yerevan.

'Our economic potential is great and there are positive trends in our work. Perhaps $29 million is not that big, but our trade with Armenia has increased tenfold over the last ten years,' he said.

'We have to look for new ways to boost our contacts, especially in industry. We also have a lot to discuss regarding agriculture. Belarus is ready to discuss with Armenia supplies of our raw materials and to show also practical support for introduction of new agricultural technology here,' he said.

He said the opening of a Belarus trade house in Yerevan slated for September 30 will give a fresh push to bilateral trade. He said Belarus authorities are willing to discus the opening of a similar Armenian trade house in Minsk. He then said the Belarus side is ready to discuss any option of imports and sale of Armenian brandy in Belarus.

The joint session of the Armenian-Belarus commission is a two-day even to discuss a large variety of issues.-0-


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