“[Belarus] Deputy Minister of Industry Dmitry Korchik conveyed the interest of Belarus in supplying the Philippines with heavy equipment including giant trucks for use in mining as well as heavy equipment for construction and agriculture,” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (AEP) to the Russia Federation and Non-Resident AEP to the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus and Ukraine Carlos D. Sorreta said.
Ambassador Sorreta added that Korchik gave for example Belaz that can produce trucks with capacity of up to 450 metric tons.
“Pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to expand cooperation with non-traditional partners, I visited Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on 25-27 November 2018 to explore areas of cooperation with the Eastern European country,” Sorreta said.
He said he met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and Ministry of Industry.
“We also visited the offices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus, leading heavy equipment manufacturer Amkodor and also met with Belintoursit, the largest tourism agency in Belarus,” he added.
His trip to Belarus resulted to agreeing to work towards the creation of a mechanism for regular political consultations and Belarus expressing their readiness to receive a delegation from the Department of Agriculture (DA) in December to discuss closer cooperation in agriculture including trade in products and exchange of best practices.
“I suggested that the Philippines may benefit from Belarus’ expertise in dairy production and processing. I also informed that tuna and other fish products from the Philippines can now be imported into Belarus after gaining accreditation from the Eurasian Economic Union,” he said.
The Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus also invited Philippine business delegations traveling to Russia to include Belarus in their itineraries to discuss opportunities for B2B cooperation.