Belarus ready to move forward in industrial, agricultural cooperation with Georgia
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Belarus is ready to move forward in industrial and agricultural cooperation with Georgia, Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas said at a meeting with Georgia's Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava in Minsk on 19 February, Trend reports via Georgian media.
The Georgian delegation led by Natia Turnava, arrived in Minsk for the sixth meeting of the Georgian-Belarusian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation.
The commission has been operating since July 2010. The previous meeting of the commission was held in Tbilisi on March 21, 2019.
At the meeting with Georgian delegation, Rumas stressed that Georgia is an important and time-tested partner of Belarus.
“It is important that we continue a dialogue at a high and the highest level. We maintain our trade at a stable level. Georgia works more actively on this front, as Georgian export to Belarus has been growing at a faster rate,” Rumas noted.
According to him, this session of the intergovernmental commission will help to outline new areas of cooperation.
In turn, Natia Turnava said that the bilateral relations have reached a high level in recent years. She expressed confidence that the upcoming visit of Sergei Rumas to Georgia would contribute to the fruitful continuation of a number of reciprocal visits and high-level negotiations.
According to her, Belarus and Georgia have been steadily developing their economic relations.
“There is solid ground for even closer cooperation in economy, energy, transport, tourism, healthcare, culture, education and innovations,” she added.
In 2019, the trade between Belarus and Georgia totaled $86.4 million, down 0.6 percent year-on-year. The exports made up $50.8 million (down by 21.4 percent), the imports reached $35.6 million (up by 59.9 percent). Belarus' main exports to Georgia included synthetic thread, milk and dairy products, medications, electric transformers and other goods.
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