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04 January 2018, 19:57

Belarus government okays long-term national logistics system development concept

The seat of government. An archive photo
The seat of government. An archive photo

MINSK, 4 January (BelTA) – The concept for developing the national logistics system till 2030 has been approved by the Council of Ministers' resolution No.1024 of 28 December 2017, the press service of the Belarusian government told BelTA.

Efforts to develop the national logistics system will focus on improving Belarus' standing in the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index to at least 50. The volume of logistics and transportation services will have to be doubled in comparison with 2016. Revenues from transit are also expected to double from 2016. The development of the logistics system will also optimize the involvement of the government and commercial entities in the formation of legal, economic, and other relations on the merchandise distribution market.

The main goals also include the development of the logistics services market in a way to implement the multimodality principle as much as possible. The transit potential will be increased by involving logistics operators and the country's logistics infrastructure in international merchandise transportation projects. As the baseline goal the Belarusian logistics infrastructure and technologies will become part of the Belt and Road initiative, part of schemes used by international container transporters. Innovative technologies in the sphere of container transportation will be implemented, including the transportation of containers between China and the European Union via Belarus. The transboundary potential of the Belarusian logistics system will be developed through integration with European Union markets. Belarus' function as the logistics integrator between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union will be developed. The Belarusian logistics infrastructure will be integrated into international transport and logistics companies. The latter will be involved in the logistics side of export-oriented distribution chains. The China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone, which is positioned as a pillar of the Silk Road Economic Belt, will be one of the key projects.

The concept will be implemented via a system of measures, which will be included into national logistics system development programs for the period till 2030. The concept will be implemented upon proposals of enterprises, private companies, upon international agreements and other programs and initiatives.

The concept was developed in line with the main provisions of the national strategy for the sustainable social and economic development for the period till 2030.

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