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28 July 2020, 16:49

People's needs in focus of upcoming social, economic development program in Belarus

Photo courtesy of the Economy Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Economy Ministry

MINSK, 28 July (BelTA) – People and people's needs will be in the center of attention of the program, which is being developed to guide Belarus' social and economic development till 2025. Belarusian Economy Minister Aleksandr Chervyakov made the statement as he visited Lida District, the Economy Ministry press service told BelTA.

The official told reporters: “Lida District is one of the 11 districts where accelerated social and economic development must be secured in the next few years. It is one of the districts, which have developed a comprehensive program on accelerated development. One year has passed. We have to see how the program is being fulfilled, what problems need to be addressed, what assistance the state can provide at the local level, what working people are concerned about.”

As he visited the agricultural machinery company Lidselmash and Neman Glassworks, Aleksandr Chervyakov talked to the workers about pressing problems and prospects of development of enterprises, the district, and the national economy as a whole.

Speaking about the current situation, Aleksandr Chervyakov said that at present the government is working out a set of measures to get as closely as possible to the figures outlined by this year's social and economic development forecast. Aleksandr Chervyakov remarked that the purpose of his working trip to Lida District enterprises went beyond the discussion of economic issues to include issues concerning the social sphere because people and their needs will be at the heart of the social and economic development program for the next five-year term. This is why the economy minister asked those present to where resources should be primarily channeled. Among priority areas Lidselmash workers identified youth policy and housing construction.

Aleksandr Chervyakov noted: “After visiting the enterprises we saw that they keep working. They didn't stop for the pandemic. It is the most important accomplishment of the last six months. The economy is steadily recovering as we can see by key indicators. We intend to fully restore it to the last year's level by the end of 2020. Enterprises need additional resources to keep working, to ship products to customers. As a matter of fact, they have already been given the necessary support in order to feel more comfortable later on and be able to develop.”

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