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24 April 2023, 20:49

Lukashenko: We need to accelerate industrial development

GRODNO, 24 April (BelTA) – The main task for the industrial sector is to accelerate, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke at the meeting to discuss the development of Grodno Oblast on 24 April, BelTA has learned.

One of the topics was the performance of the region's industrial sector. “You significantly underperformed in the woodworking, textile industry, petrochemicals and a number of other industries last year. In general, it is unacceptable for Grodno Oblast. You performed in Q1 2023 at last year's level, which means you have not yet compensated for the losses. You need to recover faster. The main thing now is to accelerate,” the Belarusian leader said.

According to the president, it was not right to focus only on Grodno Azot and the nuclear power plant. “I have repeatedly mentioned the need to implement at least one big investment project in each area. When the governor was appointed he got a task to take the implementation of one large-scale project, significant for the region, under personal control. It should not be done on the basis of a public enterprise however. How are things here, in the region? How is the situation at Grodno Azot? How is Grodno Oblast doing under these sanctions conditions? What has been done in terms of import substitution, in industrial cooperation with our eastern partners? Has the logistics of the delivery of components and goods been arranged everywhere?” the head of state asked.

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