Alyaksandr Lukashenka is visiting Tajikistan. He is expected to to attend the CIS Heads of State Council summit.
The presidents will discuss the issues of cooperation in various fields.
It is not the first time that the Belarusian leader has made a visit to Tajikistan in 2018. In May, he held talks with his Tajikistani counterpart Emomali Rahmon, whom he had taken a personal rapport with.
Interestingly, the both leaders have been in office since 1994. Lukashenka and Rahmon have much in common, e.g. their strive for getting everything under control, particularly economy.
Lukashenka assured that he was promotes the Belarusian producers’ interests in Tajikistan. Accompanied by his youngest son Kolya, he opened an assembly line of Belarusian machinery in Tajikistan. Rahmon and Lukashenka discussed the prospects of deliveries of BelAZ trucks to the country. In addition to tractors, Belarus exports building machinery, furniture, power equipment, chemicals. In turn, Tajikistan sells us aluminum, cotton, wool and dried fruit.
However, independent experts question official reports of the flourishing economic exchange between Minsk and Dushanbe.
“The total Belarusian exports amounts to $30 bn per year; taking into account that Tajikistan’s share in it is less than 0.1%, there is hardly any cooperation de facto,” economist Yaraslau Ramanchuk believes.