Uzbekistan and Belarus intend to bring trade turnover up to US$1 billion

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Uzbekistan and Belarus intend to bring mutual trade up to US$1 billion, it was announced during the talks between Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in Tashkent.

The presidents noted that the countries have the potential to increase the trade turnover to US$1 billion.

“Despite the fact that the volume of trade between our countries has increased significantly in recent years, enormous opportunities remain. I dreamed of US$500 million and came here with this. But when I heard from the President that the billion is not far off, I thought: Glory to you, Lord. If the President talks about this, then there is a purpose. We are ready for this,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

The head of the Belarusian state noted that in Uzbekistan, as in Belarus, the emphasis in foreign policy is on development of mutually beneficial economic cooperation. “Economics is the foundation, this is the basis of any relationship. There will be an economy - there will be friendly relations and everything else,” Lukashenko said.

Shavkat Mirziyev explained that the figure of US$1 billion turnover did not come up: after analyzing the development of relations between the countries, he came to the conclusion that much more can be done. The main thing, he said, is that the responsible politicians adhere to the same policy when carrying out the agreements reached.

At the talks, Alexander Lukashenko also said that Belarus and Uzbekistan can together enter the Afghan market. "We are very interested that the Uzbek brothers help us to cooperate with Afghanistan. But we do not want to go there alone, we want to come there with our products. Therefore, creating products in Uzbekistan, including complex, machine-building, let’s go together and help the Afghans together. They will appreciate it, they all need it,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Belarusian President said that the Afghan market does not need super-combines or heaped tractors, they need a simple technique. "We are ready to assemble such equipment in Uzbekistan today, and tomorrow it will be implemented on the sly, not only in Uzbekistan, but also in Tajikistan and Afghanistan," he added.

At the same time, the President emphasized, there is no charity in setting up joint ventures and transferring experience from the Belarusian side. "The Uzbek state is ready for these technologies to pay and support the creation of joint ventures. What else does? For our growing production, markets are needed, and we are offered: come - 33 million people. This is only in the territory, and around - a colossal region,” Lukashenko said.

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