PINSK, 2 December (BelTA) - Cities and districts with a population of 80,000+ have the necessary production and labor resources, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said at an on-site meeting of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers in the town of Pinsk on 2 December, BelTA has learned.
The on-site meeting focused on the programs for the development of cities and districts with a population of 80,000+. The programs have been developed on the instruction of the head of state to address the most important tasks of regional development through the creation of powerful territorial centers with necessary competencies, labor and financial resources. The task is to create points of growth in the regions, raise the social and cultural standards of living, and make them more attractive for living.
There are 11 cities in Belarus called as 80+, that are home to more than 1.5 million people and a third of all industrial production capabilities. “These regions have production and labor resources, and therefore close attention is paid to their development," Roman Golovchenko said.
"According to the Economy Ministry, certain positive trends have taken shape since the program was launched. There is an improvement in the overall financial results of organizations, agricultural production is growing, exports of goods and balances are increasing, the level of wages is catching up with the national average. However, the development targets set out in the programs have not been met. Some of the planned activities remain unrealized. Not all important measures have been effective," the prime minister emphasized.
Roman Golovchenko invited his colleagues to a constructive conversation, an objective assessment of the situation on the ground. The on-site meeting was attended by Governor of Brest Oblast Yuri Shuleiko and Assistant to the President - Inspector for Brest Oblast Valery Vakulchik.
Before the meeting, its participants visited Kuzlitmash plant, which is part of the BelAZ Holding Company and saw a presentation of a wagon repair gantry crane Pripyat.