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30 September 2022, 17:24

Belarusian PM comments on results of Orsha District development program

ORSHA, 30 September (BelTA) - The results are here but they could have been better, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said as he commented on the progress in the implementation of the Orsha district development program during a working trip to Vitebsk Oblast on 30 September, BelTA has learned.

"There are some questions as to the quality of implementation of the Orsha District development program until 2023 despite the fact that 85% of the measures laid down in it have been completed," Roman Golovchenko said. “There is some lagging behind the targets: in general, the pace of development of Orsha District does not yet correspond to the tasks that were set at the start of this program. Nevertheless, time has not been wasted. Enterprises have accomplished a lot. Perhaps not as quickly as it should have been. There are various reasons for this, including objective ones. However, along with them there is incompetence and some mismanagement."

Roman Golovchenko expressed confidence that the results will come, albeit later than planned. "The results are already there. We can observe them with our own eyes," he stressed. “So, before the start of the program, all industrial enterprises of the district were struggling or having no prospects: there was no modern equipment, new technologies and, most importantly, no vision of how to reach new frontiers. Now the process of modernization is moving forward. Some have already completed these programs, others are in the middle of them. This is the way forward, we will achieve the results."

We see the growth of qualitative and quantitative indicators even at the enterprises that have not yet completed modernization programs: Orsha Tool Plant, Orshaagroprommash, PAK Plant, Roman Golovchenko noted. "All enterprises operate break-even, increase the number of jobs, open new production sites and lines," Roman Golovchenko said. “Orsha District is picking up pace in agriculture as well. Another thing is that the pace is not yet satisfactory, and it merits a question to the executives who were given all the powers and provided with financial resources. Let me remind you that during this time about Br2 billion has been invested in the district through all channels. By the end of the year this sum will total about Br2.2 billion. We see underperformance at many levels. The results are there, but they could have been higher."

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