The Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Belarus on April 19 signed eight bilateral agreements of cooperation in such areas as justice, healthcare and education. Also, based on a memorandum signed today, Moldova and Belarus will cooperate in the energy efficiency sector to increase the use of renewable energy and alternative sources of fuel. The agreements were signed in a ceremony after the extended-format meeting of the delegations of the two states, IPN reports.
After the extended-format meeting and the bilateral meeting with the President of Belarus Alexandr Lukashenko, Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that a contract for the purchase of buses from Belarus was signed today. In the future, the buses will be a mixed Moldovan-Belarusian product made in Chisinau. The Moldovan citizens appreciate the Belarusian machines that are of a high quality and are sold at reasonable prices. A number of 120 trolleybuses were assembled in Moldova with parts imported from Belarus during the past five years.
Pavel Filip said a milk production complex is to be built in Maximovca village of Anenii Noi district. The sides also considered the possibility of operating a Chisinau-Minsk flight and of opening a line for producing Belarusian medicines in Moldova. The Premier invited companies from Belarus to take part in the tender contests to rehabilitate roads in Moldova given that Belarus is well-known for the quality of its roads.
For his part, Alexandr Lukashenko said that in the meeting with the governmental team they managed to lay the foundations of cooperation. Belarus is ready to offer Moldova assistance in any area, such as the diplomatic service, political affairs or technical-military cooperation. “With Moldova, we almost do not have discussions on technical-military cooperation, as we have with other states. If Moldova needs such cooperation and training of personnel, we can help you,” stated the official.
The President of Belarus also said that his country is willing to develop projects in agriculture in Moldova and to build resistant roads here. The project to train young engineers is the most important humanitarian project he would like to implement together with the administration of Moldova.
Pavel Filip and Alexandr Lukashenko reasserted their readiness to hold the meeting of the Moldovan-Belarusian intergovernmental commission for commercial-economic cooperation in Chisinau this June. The commission meets two times a year.
Trade between Moldova and Belarus last year totaled US$ 225 million, an increase of almost 10% on 2016. Currently, 90 companies with Belarusian capital operate in Moldova.