MINSK, 1 November (BelTA) – The results of the social and economic development of Minsk in January-September were reviewed at a session of the Minsk City Council. Taking part in the meeting was Chair of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, President's Representative in Minsk Natalya Kochanova, BelTA has learned.
“We have invited a large number of people in charge of the country's economy, representatives of ministries, government agencies, enterprises, organizations. We are well aware that in order to solve the issues facing the city we need to join efforts. The head of state set a task that this year's performance should not be worse than last year's. And we can succeed only by coordinating efforts and taking all the necessary decisions and measures. Now we can say with certainty that we are well positioned to fulfill the task,” Minsk Mayor Vladimir Kukharev said.
Taking stock of the socio-economic development of Minsk in January-September, the Minsk mayor drew attention to a number of matters. “The first thing is export promotion. The demand for our goods is large in the CIS countries, in our near neighbors, in the countries of Central Asia and in Asia Minor. Unfortunately, today we are still under-performing on these markets; we can do much better there. It is necessary to mobilize, coordinate efforts and step up our work on these markets. The second thing is import substitution. A good industrial base has been created in the country to enable production of import-substituting goods. And we must also pay very serious attention to this. In general, two of four tasks have been fulfilled, and we have to work hard to fulfill the remaining two, which are gross regional product and investment. I think we will analyze the situation and take all the necessary decisions to fulfill the tasks set by the head of state,” the mayor said.