Belarusian Government and VEB.RF Agree on Financial Support for Exports to Third Countries
The Belarusian Government, represented by the Ministry of Finance, and VEB.RF have agreed on the terms and conditions of VEB.RF’s support for both Belarusian exports and Russian-Belarusian joint exports to third countries.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Finance Maksim Yermolovich on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Belarus and First Deputy Chairman – Member of the Management Board Nikolay Tsekhomsky on behalf of VEB.RF.
This is the first agreement under the government’s export support programme updated this year. The main changes in 2019 allow the export support mechanism to be used for exports not only to Russia but also to third countries (outside the United State of Russia and Belarus).
“Belarusian manufacturers can now take advantage of the Russian programme to have subsidised loan interest rates for the export of Russian-made components in their end products. Buyers from third countries will, in turn, be able to use the Belarusian programme subsidising interest rates for products imported from Belarus and containing Russian components,” Nikolay Tsekhomsky said.
The agreement between VEB.RF and the Belarusian Government provides for all kinds of soft-term financing involving non-resident banks under the updated programme: direct lending to buyers, interbank lending to the buyer’s bank and post-financing for documentary export credits. The agent bank under the agreement is Bank BelVEB, VEB.RF’s Belarusian-based subsidiary.
“Bank BelVEB initiated changes to the programme specified in Decree 466. Signing the first agreement with VEB.RF was the logical thing to do. This is another important contribution of the VEB.RF Group to the Belarusian economy and the promotion of closer integration with the Russian Federation by developing a financial infrastructure for export support. That is why Bank BelVEB encourages Belarusian exporters to join this unique programme,” Bank BelVEB’s Chairman of the Board Vasily Matyushevsky said.
To receive financing from VEB.RF, Belarusian exporters should use at least 30% of Russian-made components. Financing is offered for up to 5 years.
The agreement will enable Russian and Belarusian exporters to take advantage of a new mechanism helping them to enter the potentially lucrative markets in Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia.
The VEB.RF Group will provide Central Exurban Passenger Company (CEPC) with lease financing for six EP2D electric multiple units designed to carry passengers, composed of 11 carriages each and made by Demikhovo Engineering Works (part of Transmashholding).
Th total amount of financing will be 4.4 billion roubles.
The electric multiple units will be used by CEPC for its commuter rail services. This will enable old trains to be retired and replaced by modern rolling stock.
The passenger carriages are equipped with comfortable seats for long-distance commuters. Air conditioners and purifiers provide thermal comfort and acceptable air quality, which is especially important in winter.
EP2Ds meet the needs of passengers with disabilities. The carriages are outfitted with ramps and durable safety belts for wheelchairs.
“It is our conscious decision to pay particular attention to cooperation with the regions under the programmes to modernise urban public transit and replace commuter rail systems. Passenger flows, of course, are different everywhere; but this should not affect such socially significant projects. We have already started to finance this deal,” VEB.RF’s Deputy Chairman Artyom Dovlatov commented.