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Tatar-Bashkir Report: November 6, 1998

6 November 1998
Tatarstan's Arms Producers Study Central Asian Markets
Heads of the Yeshel Uzen Pozis plant together with a representative of Rosvooruzheniye in Tatarstan visited several Central Asian countries, studying the arms markets. Director General of the Pozis plant, Radik Khasanov, told Tatarstan State Television Channel on 5 November that the plant delivered 1,5 million dollars worth production in 1998 under contract with Uzbekistan. In Khasanov's opinion, the visit is expected to resultlet in an increase in the volume of Pozis arms deliveries, as well as the sale of refrigerators to that country in 1999. In the words of the Rosvooruzheniye representative to Tatarstan, Mikhail Tikhonov, the main problem of cooperation in the sphere of arms sale is the lack of real money in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The conclusion of the inter-governmental treaty between Tatarstan and Turkmenistan and the development of joint ventures with Uzbekistan should be the decisive measures, he said.

KamAZ Increased Production In October
As Tatarstan state radio channel reported on 5 November, the production volume increased at KamAZ truck concern in October of this year. A total of 505 automobiles were assembled at the plant last month, while in September the main conveyor produced 120 trucks. Production and sale of the small-displacement car Oka also increased and reached 1,900 automobiles. 46 million rubles worth spare parts were also manufactured.

New Assembly Shop Is Built At YelAZ
On 5 November, the Prime Minister of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, visited the assembly shop being built at the Alabuga car plant. The shop is designed for an annual production of 50 thousand Chevrolet Blazers. By the end of 1999, the first cars should leave the conveyor of the new shop, Tatarstan state television reported.

Program For Eliminating Slums To Be Fulfilled In Kazan
President of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev, denied pessimistic forecasts concerned with the program of eliminating shabby habitations in Kazan. On November 5, while visiting the new building district in the capital, he assured that all the inhabitants of the slums will receive new comfortable apartments, the presidential press center reported. As Shaimiev said, the 1998 building plan for the construction of five and a-half thousand apartments must be carried out.

Compiled by G.Khasanova