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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Belarus has invited Tajikistan and other countries of the Central Asia region to develop cooperation in agriculture and industry, Belarus' Agriculture and Food Minister, co-chair of the Belarus-Tajikistan intergovernmental commission Leonid Zayats said at a joint business forum in Dushanbe on 15 May, BelTA news agency reported.

The business forum took place as part of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to Tajikistan.

Zayats suggested developing cooperation in the agro-industrial complex, setting up joint food enterprises. “I suggest discussing further cooperation. We have great opportunities in the dairy sector. We are ready to set up joint ventures to process Belarusian milk using Belarusian technologies in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan,” he said.

Belarus is also ready to consider setting up joint companies to process beef, poultry meat and advance to third countries under one brand. “We are also ready to provide assistance in the construction of dairy farms fitted with necessary technical equipment of the Belarusian production, in the delivery of pedigree livestock and in sharing technology to reach the designed capacity,” said Zayats.

Belarus is ready to work with Tajikistan in all areas, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said after his talks with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on May 15.

Lukashenko said that during the talks the parties noted the good prospects for increasing cooperation in industry and agriculture. The Belarusian leader said that his country’s trade with Tajikistan more than doubled last year and continues to expand. Belarus' exports to Tajikistan include tractors, special-purpose vehicles, and food products.

Lukashenko thanked Tajik President Rahmon for the organization of the second international business forum Belarus-Tajikistan-Afghanistan and the National Exhibition of Belarus in Dushanbe. He also welcomed business representatives from other countries of the region. “It would be great to see this business forum serve as a basis for the development of robust trade and economic relations with Tajikistan and other countries of the region,” the Belarusian leader said.

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