KamAZ, Marco Polo cooperation to favour Tatarstan-Brazil relations

RIO DE JANEIRO, August 17 (Itar-Tass) —— The project of cooperation between Russia’s KamAZ and Brazil’s Marco Polo is important for the entire complex of relations between Tatarstan and Brazil, Tatarstan’s President Rustam Minnikhanov told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

Minnikhanov heads the delegation of Tatarstan, which represents the republic’s industrial, financial and mining sectors of the economy.

On Tuesday, KamAZ signed an agreement on organisation of a joint venture in Russia to use KamAZ’s undercarriages and Brazil’s bus bodies.

“This is our first realistic step towards Brazil, but with the potential that country has, such projects may be few,” Minnikhanov said adding that the two countries have not been using the vast options for regional cooperation due to insufficient information about each other. “For us, Brazil is a closed book as yet.”

He expressed confidence that the current visit will establish mutual regular contacts. Among most promising directions of the cooperation, he named petrochemistry, agriculture, and production of car components.

On Wednesday, Tatarstan’s delegation will visit a construction site of a major industrial-transport complexes in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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