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27 March 2020, 11:23

Call to revisit standardization issue in Belarus' construction sector

MINSK DISTRICT, 27 March (BelTA) – We need to take a look at how the instructions to adjust standardization in the construction sector in order to avoid its excessiveness have been implemented, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited Belgips Plant on 27 March, BelTA has learned.

Some 10-12 years ago the president instructed to review the legal framework in the construction sector with a view to abandon excessive standardization and transit to European standards. “We use beams, reinforced concrete instead of light structures. Too much money was wasted,” said the Belarusian leader.

Need to liberate things where possible

More economical approaches have already been introduced. For example, some of them were applied in the construction of Minsk Arena.

Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that this issue should be revisited after the elections. “We need to liberate the things where it is possible,” the president said.

The head of state stressed that the safety of people remains number one priority. “The construction must be safe. Overspending, however, must be ruled out. This is what we should always keep in mind,” he said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was briefed on the current situation in the domestic construction sector. According to Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Kukharev, the needs of the Belarusian construction sector in building materials are fully met. In 2019, organizations of the Construction and Architecture Industry exported more than $383 million worth of products.

All companies should be on the radar

“Keep it in mind: you have 1,100 companies (no matter whether they are private, state-run or municipal). They all should be on the radar. People work there. We will not divide people who work here, at Belgips, or at your trust,” the president said.

The head of state was also informed about major investment projects in the construction sector. New production lines are currently being built at the cement, mining, glass and ceramic companies.

Belgips Plant in Gatovo works stably and introduces new types of products. The company demonstrates growth in the production speed and volume, the export of building materials, and salaries. The company's main markets are the domestic and European ones.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was shown the process of machine plastering which speeds up and facilitates the work. The head of state got familiar with the production technology, and even tried his hand in this plastering method. “Thank you for showing me how to do it,” the president said.

The head of state instructed to launch the production of plastering machines in Belarus.

Photos by Nikolai Petrov, Andrei Pokumeiko

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