Belarus-Tajikistan trade up almost three times for the past five years
September 7, 2010
In January-July 2010 the trade between Belarus and Tajikistan was up by nearly 8%. For the past five years the trade has increased almost threefold, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Belarus Kozidavlat Koimdodov told a press conference dedicated to Tajikistan’s Independence Day.
According to the diplomat, Tajikistan major export items to Belarus are cotton, wool, dried fruit, aluminum and other products. From Belarus Tajikistan imports heavy-duty construction machinery, textiles and furniture, electrical equipment, wood, products of inorganic chemistry and pharmaceuticals.
According to Kozidavlat Koimdodov, since the establishment of diplomatic relations the two countries signed over 40 treaties and agreements regulating the relations in various avenues of bilateral cooperation. The main document regulating the bilateral relations between Tajikistan and Belarus is a treaty of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. “Relations between Belarus and Tajikistan are characterized as positive. Yet, there is a great potential for further strengthening and deepening of the bilateral cooperation,” said the Ambassador.
Today over 1,000 Belarus’ heavy-duty equipment is used at Tajikistan’s strategic object, the Rogunskaya Hydro Power Plant, with the preliminary estimated capacity of 3.6 million MW.
According Kozidavlat Koimdodov, the first contract to purchase the Belarusian equipment has already been signed. There are plans to open a school for its operators and a maintenance center in Tajikistan. The two sides are also mulling over the ways of setting up joint companies to assemble Belarusian tractors and other equipment in Tajikistan. “These issues are in the pipeline. An intergovernmental commission is set to visit Belarus in late October to consider all the proposals,” the diplomat said and added that the implementation of the abovementioned plans would provide new jobs both in Belarus and Tajikistan.
As for the Customs Union, Kozidavlat Koimdodov noted that the country supports it, “yet some legal issues need to be settled”.