ArmInfo. Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan met with the Belarusian delegation headed by the co-chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Commission, Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk.
According to the press service of the Armenian government, the prime minister expressed confidence that the results of the 10th meeting of the Interparliamentary Commission will help strengthen and develop bilateral political and economic relations. Attaching special importance to the development of economic relations, K. Karapetyan noted that the volume of trade turnover between Armenia and Belarus is at a low level. He stressed that today the governments of the countries are discussing concrete steps and projects that will give a new impetus to the development of the Armenian-Belarusian economic ties.
The Head of the Government of Armenia noted the importance of involving Belarusian capital in the work of the FEZ in Meghri, pointing out the perpetual implementation of the programs of Belarusian colleagues in Armenia in the organization of production of agricultural machinery, elevators, processing of agricultural products, in the transport sector, etc. "We are ready to create super favorable conditions for the development of Belarusian business in Armenia," he noted.
Pirshtuk noted that as a result of the 10th meeting of the Interparliamentary Commission, the parties agreed to create working groups that will operate in different spheres. He stressed the need to strengthen economic relations. In this context, he attached particular importance to the organization of direct two-way flights and the creation of joint ventures. "I am sure that Armenia and Belarus have great potential and opportunities for cooperation," he concluded.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, the foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Belarus in January-September 2017 was $ 30.5 million, with an annual growth of 26.2%. In particular, imports increased by 66.9% to $ 26.1 million, with a decrease in exports by 48.6% to $ 4.4 million.