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14 May 2021, 16:55

Call for more effort to develop Belarusian regions

Roman Golovchenko
Roman Golovchenko

BARANOVICHI DISTRICT, 14 May (BelTA) – It is necessary to intensify the development of regions taking into account their competitive advantages. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko made the relevant statement during a working trip to Brest Oblast, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko participated in a session of the Baranovichi City Executive Committee. Participants of the session discussed results of implementation of the action plan on the city's sustainable social and economic development for the period till 2020. The plan envisaged the realization of 149 measures and projects. As many as 119 of them were realized as of 1 January 2021.

The prime minister said: “We've started summarizing results of fulfillment of plans on developing administrative and territorial units populated by 80,000 people and more. It's been three years since the implementation of the plans began. We are looking at the results using Baranovichi as an example. We need to see what has been accomplished since then, what conclusions need to be made, what problems and shortcomings need to be taken into account in order to avoid them in a new program on the social and economic development of the regions, which will be in effect in the current five-year term.”

In his words, a lot has been done, over 80% of the measures and projects stipulated by the program have been accomplished. “These measures laid the groundwork for making a quality leap,” he said. However, there are those, who failed to properly execute their tasks.

“We have to demonstrate an honest picture of how accelerated development tasks have been fulfilled. Indicators are only markers. They cannot fully reflect the situation because they are influenced by subjective factors. Our job is to analyze what and why was not done,” the head of government added.

“The key task is to find those linchpin projects, which will allow translating all the competitive advantages of the regions into a monetary effect. Tasks have been assigned to the relevant central government agencies and municipal ones. We will look at all the other regions and intensify their development. One can say that the first stage of the program is over,” he stated.

Roman Golovchenko also visited the companies IOOO BelDan and OAO Poultry Plant Druzhba. The prime minister noted: “Today we saw in practice how private and state-run enterprises work. It is an example of good investment projects, which are being implemented with assistance of the state among other things. State support reduces the cost of the credit resources being channeled into creating production assets of private manufacturers and state ones.”

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