Belarusian Trading House to sell more to Turkmenistan in 2014
In 2014 the Belarusian Trading House intends to increase deliveries to Turkmenistan by 2.6 times, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Trade Minister Irina Narkevich after the Belarus government delegation led by Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich visited Turkmenistan on 11-13 June.
The official said that in 2013 the Belarusian Trading House supplied over $1.9 million worth of Belarusian products to Turkmenistan. Plans have been made to substantially increase the choice of Belarusian exports and raise the Belarusian export to Turkmenistan up to $5 million.
Belarus has already completed some work to reach the goals. This year OAO Belshina has contracted to deliver 5,500 automobile tires worth about $850,000 to the trading house in Turkmenistan. Plans have been made to sign contracts for the delivery of products made by OAO Gorodeya Sugar Refinery, ZAO Dobrush Porcelain Factory, the Borisov-based bakery (Uladar trademark), OAO Lidakhleboproduct, OAO Lidapishcheconcentraty, OAO Minsk City Milk Processing Factory No.1, and a number of other manufacturers.
While in Turkmenistan Irina Narkevich met with Deputy Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Ties of Turkmenistan Ayna Kurbanova and Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan Dovran Khodzhayev. The sides discussed the expansion of the bilateral trade and economic cooperation taking into account the operation of the Belarusian Trading House in Turkmenistan and the Turkmen Trading House in Belarus. In particular, it was noted that the operation of the retail shop of the trading house in Turkmenistan needs to improve. The shop has to focus on promoting, advertising, and expanding the choice of Belarusian products that sell well, said Irina Narkevich.
The Belarusian Deputy Trade Minister also added that the Belarusian Trading House that offers a unique choice of products made by top Belarusian manufacturers is kind of a trade and information platform of Belarus in Turkmenistan. In particular, the trading house performs foreign trade functions, procurement and sales, mediator functions, wholesale and retail trade functions. It has created a permanently open exhibition of about 1,500 products from virtually 100 Belarusian manufacturers for the sake of studying demand and delivery terms. Part of that is dedicated to the Belarusian education system. The trading house has also opened a retail shop. The possibility of opening a Belarusian cuisine restaurant is under consideration.
In the foreseeable future the Belarusian Trading House will become a platform for interaction between the countries not only in matters of trade, noted Irina Narkevich. In particular, plans have been made to set up an information center for education, tourism, sanatorium and resort treatment and recreation that Belarus offers. The center will be authorized to inform about Belarus' potential in these spheres on a paid basis.
“The work on a wide number of cooperation avenues is justified and promising,” the Belarusian Deputy Trade Minister is convinced. For instance, in 2013 Belarus welcomed over 8,500 university students from Turkmenistan or over 50% of all the foreign students in Belarusian universities. Apart from that, the trading house regularly represents Belarus at expos and fairs in Ashgabat, demonstrating a decent level of Belarusian products.
The Belarusian-Turkmen Trading House in Ashgabat and the Turkmen-Belarusian Trading House in Minsk were established in 2010.