Assembled from Chinese knockdown kits in Belarus, the cars will be competitive not only on the home market but also on the Customs Union market. The information was released by Belarusian Industry Minister Mr Dmitry Katerinich on 31 January, BelTA has learned.

Construction of an assembly factory making Chinese cars will be launched in Borisov District in September 2013, Industry Minister of Belarus Dmitry Katerinich told reporters on 31 January, BelTA has learnt.

The Belarusian bank Belarusbank has been chosen to be the agent bank to service the preferential buyer credit that will be used to implement the project to create a national satellite communication and broadcasting system in Belarus. The $280,867,500 loan will be provided by Export Import Bank of China in line with the relevant credit agreement with the Belarus government. The decision is laid down by Council of Ministers resolution No. 57 of 24 January 2013, the press service of the Belarus government told BelTA.

China Development Bank intends to lend up to $1.5 billion to finance the project to create the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park, BelTA learned from the Public Relations Office of the Belarusian Economy Ministry.

Belarus has stepped up efforts to diversify exports to China, the Counselor with the Asia and Africa Department of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus Mr Valery Matsel said at the first Belarusian-Chinese seminar on industrial and sci-tech cooperation in Minsk on 18 January, BelTA has learned.

Belarus and China will develop smart solutions for municipal emergency management, BelTA learnt from Spokesman for the State Committee for Science and Technology Yuri Lukashevich.

The year 2013 may become record-breaking in the trading relations between Belarus and China, Mr Liu Xuesong, Head of the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of China in Belarus told media on 18 January.

An agreement on cooperation to finance the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park project was signed by the Belarusian Economy Ministry, the China State Development Bank, and the private joint-stock company Industrial Park Development Company in Beijing on 17 January, representatives of the Embassy of Belarus in China told BelTA.

The first Belarusian-Chinese seminar on industrial and sci-tech cooperation will take place at the Belarusian State University (BSU) on 18 January, BelTA learnt from the BSU press service.

The Belarusian-Chinese agricultural mechanical engineering joint venture Harbin Dong Jin Gomel (Heilongjiang Province, China) will turn out 1,000 forage harvesters and ear corn harvesters in 2013, BelTA learned from Mr Igor Korotkevich, Head of the Non-CIS Sales Office of the Belarusian manufacturing corporation Gomselmash.

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