Belarus steps up cooperation with Tomsk Oblast



MINSK, June 29 (BelTA) — Belarus will cooperate with Russia’s Tomsk Oblast in the field of agriculture and environmental conservation. This issue was discussed at the third meeting of the working group on cooperation between Belarus and Tomsk Oblast, BelTA learned.

“We are expanding contacts with Tomsk Oblast in many areas, including light industry, food industry, agriculture, supply of agricultural machinery and equipment, woodworking and many others . Trade with Tomsk Oblast has increased in 2021, and we will continue to work on it as we have untapped reserves. In addition, we will also collaborate in the fields of science, culture and education. Tomsk Oblast is already establishing contacts with Belarusian educational institutions,” Belarusian Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Khudyk said.

The minister noted that active work is being done on environmental conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. The initiative to intensify cooperation in the field of environment was supported in 2022, and a memorandum of understanding in the field of environmental protection will be signed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. the environment of Belarus and the administration of Tomsk Oblast at the 9th Forum of Regions in Grodno.

Acting Governor of Tomsk Oblast Vladimir Mazur said the parties could do much more on trade. Cooperation in the forest industry is of great interest to the Russian region. “Agriculture is another important avenue of cooperation, as food security now takes on new importance, and Belarus has extensive experience in this area. In addition, our countries are doing quite well in microelectronics, so we plan to exchange best practices with Belarusian colleagues in this field. We understand how important it is to establish close economic contacts with Belarus despite the sanctions,” noted Vladimir Mazur.

Exports from Belarus to Tomsk Oblast include agricultural and municipal machinery, equipment, fuel products, boilers, copper and copper products, starch and dairy products, plastics and plastic products plastic, etc Tomsk Oblast is ready to supply fish, pine nuts, vegetable raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry and food products to Belarus.