Minsk – June 3, 2021: AFTRADE DMCC met with the representatives of 14 African nations at the Second Belarusian-African Economic Forum, organized from May 31 to June 1 in Minsk. With mutual trade between Belarus and Africa totaling $1.8 billion in the past three years, the forum provided a platform for governments, manufacturers and financial companies to discuss growing trade opportunities.
At a panel discussion, AFTRADE DMCC’s representative Oleg Vodchits provided detailed information to participants on the company’s strong track record in Africa. AFTRADE DMCC distributes agricultural, mining and transport equipment across the continent. It has agricultural deals with several African countries to provide tractors and other farming machinery, as well as to provide training in modern farming techniques.
“As the official representative of several Belarusian manufacturers, AFTRADE DMCC is well placed to serve the interests of the growing markets in Africa by providing quality machinery at affordable price points,” Vodchits said.
AFTRADE DMCC is the authorized dealer in the African market for most Belarussian manufacturers, including Lidagroprommash, Gomselmash, Bobruiskagromash, Minsk Automobile Plant, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), Belkommunmash, Lidselmash, Pozhsnab, Petersburg and Minsk Motor Plant.
The forum was attended by over 175 companies and industrial enterprises in food industries, agriculture and mining sectors. The 14 African countries present were Angola, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia and South Africa.
Agricultural machinery is in demand in Africa as the continent gears up to increase food production. For instance, the exports of MTZ tractors to the continent soared 70% in January-March 2020 over the same period in the previous year. It has supplied tractors to Kenya, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and other countries.
“We help arrange the agreements, liaising directly between the manufacturer and end customer. We ensure that deliveries of the equipment are made on time so that our customers can plan ahead. We also ensure strong after-sales support which is crucial in most parts of Africa,” Vodchits pointed out.
AFTRADE DMCC has been active in Zambia too, setting up a tractor manufacturing plant that will create more than 1,000 local jobs. The assembly plant will also boost Zambia’s revenues through the export of tractors to neighbouring Malawi and Mozambique.