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Minsk to Host Belarus-Moldavia Committee Sitting
(report by MFA press secretary Pavel Latushka at the briefing on May 30, 2002)

The Belarusian delegation will be headed by Deputy Prime-minister Alexander Popkov, Moldavian - by minister of agriculture and food industry Dmitry Tadarogla.

Mr. Tadarogla is expected to be received by Prime-minister Gennadi Novitski. The Moldavian delegation is to visit Belresursy concern, where the Moldavian vice premier will meet with Belresursy director general Nikolai Ivanchenka.

The sitting of Belarus-Moldavia committee is to examine a number of topical issues of bilateral relations, which include the state and prospects of further development of trade-economic co-operation between the countries in industry, agriculture, transport. The joint creation of conditions necessary for the promotion of goods to Belarusian and Moldavian markets, prospective exports of Belarusian automobile, agricultural and communal technique to Moldavia and imports of Moldavian fruit and vegetables to Belarus are to be discussed.

Last year trade turnover between the two states increased by 14% as against 2000 to make up over $80 m. In the first quarter of 2002 the positive dynamics of trade-economic relations retained. Trade turnover increased almost by 18% as against the first quarter of 2001, exports - by 19%. The balance was positive and amounted to $4.7 m.

Belarus exports to Moldavia oil products, tractors, ceramic tile and medicines. Agricultural products and foodstuffs make up the basis of Moldavian import.