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Artak Kamalyan visited Belarus industrial enterprises

Artak Kamalyan visited Belarus industrial enterprises

3/22/2021

Artak Kamalyan, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission, visited a number of large-scale enterprises: the Belarusian Steel Works (BMZ), the Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), BELAZ, OJSC and BELGEE, CJSC as part of his working visit to the Republic of Belarus.

During the meetings with the plant management, the EEC Minister continued the discussion of mechanisms for supporting industrial cooperation and deepening integration in the Eurasian Economic Union that begun the day before at a meeting with Igor Petrishenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.

In particular, providing metal manufacturers with raw materials was the key talking point at the meeting with the Belarusian Steel Works management, which is the country's largest consumer of scrap steel. The annual consumption of scrap metal here is over 2.6 mln tons. Half of this volume, i.e. about 1.3 mln tons, is purchased in Russia.

"The Commission has elaborated draft Action Plan for developing the scrap metal industry within the EAEU," Artak Kamalyan stated. "The document contains a number of proposals and measures aimed at increasing metal scrap and waste procurement as well as forming procurement and consumption balances for scrap metals within the Union. Adopting and implementing the Action Plan will enable us solving the problem of raw materials supply to the Member States’ metal manufacturers in a comprehensive manner."

During the visit to BELAZ, OJSC and the Belarusian-Chinese Joint Venture BELGEE, the EEC Minister and businessmen discussed possibilities of developing cooperative ties in one of the priority areas of cooperation – the automotive industry, including e-transport manufacturing. Artak Kamalyan has stressed that the country's enterprises have significant manufacturing achievements as well as substantial scientific developments to participate in large-scale industrial integration projects. Furthermore, according to the EEC Minister, good professional practice of BELAZ, OJSC in attracting credit resources through the Eurasian Development Bank is of particular interest.

BELAZ was the first in Belarus to introduce unmanned technologies. A few years ago, this company tested a prototype of a robotic mining dump truck, and recently it has taken another step towards creating a completely unmanned mining works, introducing a new generation of control systems based on a 130-ton dump truck and a front loader.

Nowadays, a joint Belarusian-Russian project is being worked out to create new samples of electric-powered mining dump trucks based on products manufactured by BELAZ, OJSC. Rusnano Group companies are being considered as prospective partners to be involved from the Russian side.

"The Eurasian Economic Commission does everything it can and consistently supports developing e-transport in the EAEU countries," Artak Kamalyan noted. "In December 2020, the List of measures to ensure promoting the manufacture and use of motor vehicles with electric, hybrid and natural gas engines in the Eurasian Economic Union Member States for 2021-2025 was approved. I am convinced that harmonizing decisions in sectoral state policies with simultaneous formation of stable cooperation ties will ensure creating new market for innovative equipment," Artak Kamalyan stressed.

Cooperation between the Union’s manufacturers in the field of agricultural machinery serves as an example of successful interaction. This was emphasized by the EEC Minister at a meeting with the Minsk Tractor Works management. The MTZ machinery is manufactured at the site of Cherepovets Casting & Mechanical Plant, OJSC in Russia. In Kazakhstan, Rostselmash has established assembly production of agricultural machinery on the basis of Kazakhstan Agro Innovation Corporation, LLP. Joint project for creating unmanned agricultural machinery is currently being worked on.

"Developing efficient cooperation ties between agricultural machinery manufacturing companies is one of the priority areas of the Commission's work," Artak Kamalyan believes. "This industrial linkage enables ensuring the required level of the EAEU enterprises’ competitiveness in relation to foreign manufacturers and contributes to addressing an overarching challenge – promoting jointly manufactured products to third-country markets."​