According to BelTA the Chinese company ZTE Corporation plans to set up an assembly enterprise in the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park in Minsk Oblast. The information was released by Deputy Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Alexander Turchin on 25 November after a delegation of the Minsk Oblast visited China’s Guangdong Province on 13-16 November, BelTA has learned.
Cooperation with ZTE is very promising. “We have met with ZTE representatives in order to sign the roadmap for ZTE’s accession to the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park,” noted the official. “ZTE has created a working party for these matters. We have reached an agreement with ZTE Vice President Zhang Jianping that the project will be overseen at our level”. In the near future a meeting with the head of the ZTE office in Minsk is planned for the sake of continuing the dialogue about future cooperation.
Basic agreements with ZTE were signed during the visit of the Belarusian state delegation to China in July 2013. This time the Minsk Oblast delegation discussed concrete steps for the accession of companies to the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park.
A meeting with representatives of another major IT solutions provider Huawei took place in the city of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. Huawei Vice President Zhang Chongxian assured that Huawei had decided in favor of accession to the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park and is now considering possible projects.
Lenovo Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of notebook computers, expressed its readiness to become a resident of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park.
Further actions concerning the operation in the industrial park were discussed with representatives of ZTE, Huawei, and Lenovo. Andrei Turchin underlined that those are internationally recognized companies in the sphere of telecommunications, mobile technologies, and the production of computer products. “Belarusians know their products. Now we are discussing cooperation on a larger scale,” he remarked.
During the visit a meeting with representatives of the Guangdong Province government took place. “Once again we underscored priorities of our cooperation, discussed forms to develop it, and signed a protocol on assistance on the part of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee and the Guangdong Province government regarding the replenishment of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park with projects,” said Alexander Turchin. The sides agreed to further advance regional ties. Chinese partners were invited to visit Minsk Oblast next year. “We discussed our options to increase the trade turnover with Guangdong Province businessmen without mediator bodies to avoid an unjustified increase in merchandise prices,” said the official.
Guangdong Province boasts a well-developed economy, a foreign trade volume of $1 trillion per annum (25% of China’s export), and one eighth of China’s GDP. Therefore, Belarus is interested in advancing cooperation with this large economic region of China.
Apart from that, companies from Harbin Province will operate in the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park. Some of the investment companies are already the Park’s founders. Negotiations are underway to create a subpark for Harbin Province in the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park. The relevant documents are expected to be signed in the future, specified the Deputy Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee.
As far as the park itself is concerned, design work is in progress to build communications there. “The general layout is ready, the design work to build the internal networks is in progress, the external electrical and gas networks are being built to reach the park’s borders. I think we will finish the accomplishment of the external networks in May 2014,” said the official.
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