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Belarus interested in timely accomplishment of transport investment projects with China

31 May 2012

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarusian Transport and Communications Minister Ivan Shcherbo met with a Chinese delegation on 29 May. At the meeting the sides discussed the progress in implementing investment projects involving Chinese investments, the press service of the Transport and Communications Ministry told BelTA.

Several large-scale projects are being implemented in Belarus in association with Chinese companies. Belarusian Railway is busy electrifying the railroad sections Gomel-Zhlobin-Osipovichi and Zhlobin-Kalinkovichi. The work will improve the effectiveness of existing railways in this area thanks to higher train speed, lower operation costs, and a lower environmental impact.

The delivery of 12 modern mainline electric locomotives BCG1 to Belarus is another joint project. Two locomotives have been delivered already and are now undergoing certification tests. In about two months the new locomotives will be put to use.

There are plans to use Chinese investments to rebuild the sections Zhlobin-Gomel and Bobruisk-Zhlobin of the motorway M5/E271. The project was scheduled to start in April 2012. However, it has not been approved by the State Council of China yet. At the meeting the Belarusian side requested the Chinese side to assist with accelerating the project’s implementation.

As far as the project to rebuild the national airport Minsk is concerned, the strategy for Belarusian-Chinese cooperation in this area has been determined a long time ago. It is now important to promptly address all the issues concerning the fulfillment of legal obligations. During talks Vice President of China Airport Construction Corporation Liu Ying said their company is a partner of China National Precision Machinery Export & Import Corporation (Tochmash company) and has been building airports for 60 years. On behalf of the corporation she expressed a great interest in cooperation with Belarus in this area.

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