“We are trying to promote trilateral cooperation, because it does not make economic sense to directly supply Belarusian goods to African countries, since it is quite costly. We suggest the following scheme: we assemble, for example, Belarusian tractors in Egypt, then ship them from Egypt to other African countries. We have certain free trade zones, which removes some tariff barriers. Thus, everyone wins, because both Belarus and Egypt will grow their exports. With this in mind we came to the forum," he told reporters at the opening of the second Belarusian-African Economic Forum on Monday.

He added "About 35 Egyptian companies are taking part in it, and we hope that we will be able to promote this scheme for the common good."