MINSK, 12 September (BelTA) - Despite sanctions, Minsk enterprises are working to the full capacity, Minsk Mayor Vladimir Kukharev said in an interview to STV channel, BelTA has learned.
When asked about the impact of sanctions on the Belarusian capital, Vladimir Kukharev said: “We have no serious prerequisites for problems. All necessary goods are available, the stores are full, all utilities issues are solved timely and to the full extent. The most important thing is that enterprises have managed to mobilize themselves in the shortest possible time, find new markets, and solve import substitution issues. This, of course, shows that our enterprises have a solid foundation. The economy is working. I think the problems that arise will be solved promptly.”
“Despite sanctions, all the enterprises have contracts for this year. We are already signing contracts for the entire next year. We have gained a lot in our work with the regions of the Russian Federation. A lot of delegations visited us prior to the City Day. I think new contracts will be signed once they become better familiar with the work of our enterprises. In addition, we have expanded our trade and economic relations with China this year. We have also made progress in cooperation with India and countries of the Middle East. It shows that our products are in demand,” the Minsk mayor said.
The Belarusian capital is actively developing tourism. “We state that this year, despite sanctions, there is a significant increase in tourists. The city was filled with tourists almost the entire summer period. Hotel occupancy is very high - up to 90%. Of course, it is really great. We will continue to work to develop the tourism business,” said Vladimir Kukharev.