Belarus and Tajikistan plan to form a joint venture assembling Belarusian tractors in Tajikistan
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 - Trade between Tajikistan and Belarus was up 8 percent in the first half of 2010 and has grown nearly 300 percent in the last five years, said a Tajik diplomat in Belarus on Tuesday.
Tajikistan's Ambassador to Belarus Kozidavlat Koimdodov addressed a press conference dedicated to Tajikistan's upcoming Independence Day in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the Belarusian export news website Export.by reported the same day.
Koimdodov noted that more than 1,000 units of heavy-duty equipment are currently operating at Tajikistan's large Rogunskaya hydroelectric power plant. Bilateral plans are also underway to provide a school for the workers' children at the dam construction site.
Dushanbe and Minsk are also planning to establish joint companies to assemble Belarusian tractors and other heavy equipment in Tajikistan.
The partners are tied by more than 40 treaties and agreements in a range of bilateral activities. But the main document regulating bilateral relations, Koimdodov said, is the treaty of friendship and cooperation.
"Relations between Belarus and Tajikistan are characterized as positive. Yet, there is a great potential for further strengthening and deepening of the bilateral cooperation," Export.by reported Koimdodov as saying.
Tajikistan's leading exports to Belarus include cotton, dried fruit, wool, and aluminum, while it mainly imports heavy-duty construction machinery, electrical equipment, textiles and furniture, wood, and pharmaceuticals.
Tajikistan celebrates Independence Day on Thursday.