Belarus-Uzbekistan trade soared more than 1.5 times to exceed $239 million in 2019, BelTA learned from the Belarusian embassy in Uzbekistan.
The Belarusian government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister, co-chairman of the joint intergovernmental commission on cooperation with Uzbekistan Vladimir Dvornik is on a visit to Tashkent. The delegation includes the heads of the Industry Ministry, the Agriculture and Food Ministry, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Belgospischeprom, Belcoopsoyuz, oblast executive committees, and also about 150 representatives of enterprises - exporters of agricultural and food products, scientific and educational institutions of the agro-industrial complex of Belarus.
The delegation is taking part in the First Belarus-Uzbekistan Agrarian Forum. The program of the event will feature talks, thematic sections and presentations, and visits to Uzbek enterprises. Agreements and contracts are expected to be signed at the end of the forum. “Uzbekistan is a promising trade and economic partner of Belarus in the Central Asian region. In 2019, the bilateral trade exceeded $239 million (up more than 1.5 times). These are record-high figures in the history of economic relations between the two countries,” the embassy said.
Agricultural produce and food products are among the most important positions in mutual trade. In 2019, Belarus exported $35 million worth of agricultural products and processed products to Uzbekistan. The volume of Uzbekistan's agricultural products supplied to Belarus exceeded $15 million.
Apart from mutual supplies, the promising areas of cooperation in the agricultural sector also include Belarus' participation in the construction of dairy farms, milk processing, setting up of a joint venture to produce veterinary drugs, cooperation in breeding, training and retraining of Uzbek specialists at the Belarusian agricultural educational institutions.