Belarus plans tractor factory in Cambodia

Headquarters of Minsk Tractor Works, Minsk, Belarus

Belarus wants to set up a tractor production in Cambodia, its first assembly plant in the ASEAN region, according to a report by the Belarusian Telegraph Agency.

Joint assembly production of MTZ tractors, a brand by Minsk Tractor Works, would start later in 2013 and the tractors would be exported to all ASEAN countries, Belarusian Industry Minister Dmitry Katerinich said

“Our partners in Cambodia offer unprecedented preferences to us, namely complete exemption from duties and, what is very important, from taxes,” the minister remarked.

In February 2013, a Belarusian delegation visited Cambodia to discuss these issues.

The Belarusian industry ministry said it will also develop a cooperation with another Southeast Asian state, Myanmar. This country is interested in low-power tractors. Therefore, the Industry Ministry studied the market of Myanmar and decided to export walking tractors which could serve as agricultural equipment and transport vehicles.

If the tests are a success, the industry ministry will mull over setting up a joint assembly plant in Myanmar. However, Belarus is not going to export tractors with a higher capacity to Myanmar as they are not in demand there.