Gomel Oblast and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Oblast are interested in cooperation in various spheres. The relevant possibilities were discussed as the head of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast's representative office in Belarus Andrei Dudkin met with representatives of the management of Gomel Oblast enterprises, BelTA has learned.
The Nizhny Novgorod Oblast representative office was made familiar with prospects of Gomel Oblast regions over the course of two days. They visited a cheese and dairy products enterprise of OAO Milkavita, a workwear manufacturing enterprise, and a reinforced-concrete products enterprise in Khoiniki District. In Loyev the district was represented by OOO Bosko-servis, a construction materials enterprise, and a museum.
The first destination on the itinerary in Rechitsa District was OAO Rechickij Metiznyj Zavod. It was followed by OAO Rechitsadrev, Rechitsa Textile, and other companies. According to Andrei Dudkin, there are considerable opportunities for finding mutual contacts. “There is interest in the services and the products made in Belarus as a whole and in Gomel Oblast in particular. It should be systemic work, which I hope will start producing positive results soon. On the whole, contact points have been sketched out all over the country. Cooperation proceeds in mechanical engineering, food industry, agriculture, and IT,” he remarked.
The manufacturing industry demonstrates serious interest. “Nizhny Novgorod Oblast is primarily a major industrial center of Russia. Interaction between industrial enterprises is the most important thing and an interesting thing for us. Many manufacturing cooperation ties were established back in the USSR period. We are now restoring them, trying to take them to new heights. It is important for Belarusian and Russian enterprises to be able to work directly without non-producing mediators,” Andrei Dudkin stressed. In his words, logistic issues can be resolved. “We are now working on it with the Belarusian side. There are contact points but specialists need to take a closer look at them. The logistic component prevails in shipments of any kind of products,” he added.
After two days in Gomel Oblast the representative office of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast mentioned concrete projects, too. “For instance, we've established a direct connection between a Gomel Oblast cheese manufacturer and Russian companies in the manufacturing industry. We've worked with enterprises in the sphere of high technologies – there are mutual interests. Later on the work will only grow more intensive and MPs play an important role in it. Today's meeting is a vivid example of cooperation with the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus. Such interesting meetings take place thanks to cooperation. We come into concrete well-prepared environment instead of like tourists that have to look at their maps. We thank MPs for it. Their role is great in establishing bilateral trade, economic, and cultural relations,” Andrei Dudkin said.
A presentation of Narovlya District's potential is scheduled for the second day. The guests will be made familiar with a Polesie furniture factory and will be able to sample sweet products of OAO Krasny Mozyryanin.
Zhanna Chernyavskaya, a member of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, is convinced that such meetings will enable a direct contact between Belarusian and Russian manufacturers and will result in contracts and solid partnerships.