MINSK, 21 May (BelTA) – Enterprises run by the Belarusian Industry Ministry shipped their products to 92 countries in Q1 2020. The statistics was discussed at a videoconference session of the ministry's board on 21 May, BelTA has learned.
Belarusian Industry Ministry enterprises exported nearly $900 million worth of merchandise in January-March 2020.
As many as 15 countries were added to the list of export destinations. Those are Tunisia, Kenya, Algeria, Benin, Angola, Guinea, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the Philippines, Burundi, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, and Australia.
The export of mining machines ($31.8 million) and tractors ($9.4 million) to distant-arc countries rose by more than 1.5 times.
The output in actual prices totaled Br3.1 billion in Q1 2020. BelavtoMAZ, MTZ, Belarusian Metallurgical Company, Minsk Motor Plant, Horizont, BelOMO, Minsk Electrotechnical Plant named after V.I. Kozlov, Lidselmash, Bobruiskagromash, and Amkodor increased their industrial output.
Industry Ministry representatives noted that on the whole, the Belarusian manufacturing industry operates steadily in conditions of the pandemic. Foreign companies gradually phase out quarantine measures, resume work, this is why the market will be gradually revived.
The source noted that Belarus had not suspended the operation of plants and factories and had continued making products. It allowed hitting the assigned sales profitability and energy saving targets. Good results were secured as far as the share of innovative products in the total shipments is concerned – 32.3%. The average monthly salary at enterprises run by the Industry Ministry reached Br1,116.7, with the growth rate at 104.9%.
During the videoconference session heads of enterprises were instructed to diversify export, increase output, implement the most important investment projects, and take care of the wellbeing of the employees.
The session was chaired by Industry Minister Pavel Utyupin. Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Nazarov, members of the Industry Ministry board and heads of top Belarusian industrial companies took part in the session.