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Belarus ready to increase supply of fertilizers and products to Africa, says lawmaker

It is noted that the All-African Parliament is set to interact with Belarus

MINSK, November 25. /TASS/. Belarus is ready to increase the supply of fertilizers and products to Africa, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the republic Vladimir Andreichenko announced on Friday. He said this at a video conference meeting with Fortune Z. Charumbira, Chairman of the Pan-African Parliament. The House of Representatives is the lower house of the Belarusian parliament.

"Our country is ready to increase supplies of the required fertilizers, high-quality and competitive food products and other products to Africa," he said as quoted by the BelTA agency.

"Of course, we understand that African countries also have their own economic interests in Belarus and the Eurasian Economic Union. Therefore, we support the proposals of African countries to develop the export of African products to our country and to the markets of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union," he added.

Charumbira noted that the All-African Parliament is set to interact with Belarus.

The chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus added that the republic intends to participate in joint projects for the extraction of minerals, the development of infrastructure and agriculture in the countries of the African continent.

"Minsk is ready to work with all African countries that are open to an equal and mutually beneficial dialogue, the search for promising cooperation projects," he said.

Andreichenko recalled that "Belarus with African partners has gone a path from an annual trade turnover of $158 million in the early 2000s to more than $550 million in 2020."

According to him, Minsk is "ready to build up ties through" educational projects, and at the moment about 1,000 students from Africa study in Belarus every year.

He expressed hope for the participation of Belarusian companies in the programs for the development of the African continent, provided for by the African Union Agenda for the period up to 2063.

"Our priorities are the development of political dialogue, building up trade, economic and humanitarian ties," he stressed, adding that Minsk also counts on African states' support for the initiative of the head of the republic, Alexander Lukashenko, on "global dialogue in order to form a new and comprehensive system of collective security."

Founded in the spring of 2004, the Pan-African Parliament is the legislative body of the African Union. Belarus has established diplomatic relations with 51 African states.