MINSK, 17 February (BelTA) – Vitebsk Oblast is a unique region with a rich historical, cultural and spiritual heritage, Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko said in a video address to participants of the solemn event dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Vitebsk Oblast, BelTA has learned.
“Vitebsk Oblast is a unique land with a rich historical, cultural and spiritual heritage. It is the birthplace of Euphrosyne of Polotsk and Francysk Skaryna, writer, publicist and teacher Simeon Polotsky, creator of the first layout of a multi-stage rocket Kazimir Semenovich and aircraft designer Pavel Sukhoi, artists Marc Chagall and Mikhail Savitsky,” said Roman Golovchenko.
According to him, the breathtaking nature of the region and its many monuments of archeology, history, culture and architecture are the pride and asset of the Belarusian people.
“Vitebsk Oblast is famous for its amazing and hardworking people, the military and labor feats of previous generations who courageously defended their native land from the enemy. The Great Patriotic War took a heavy toll on the region. More than 120,000 people from the region fought on the front. The land was home to 59 partisan brigades and two regiments during the occupation,” the head of government stressed.
According to the prime minister, the selfless work of urban and rural residents in the post-war years turned Vitebsk Oblast into one of the most advanced and successful regions.
“Today Vitebsk Oblast is a highly developed industrial region with significant potential. The year 2022 was better than the previous one for many enterprises of Vitebsk Oblast. The entire real sector of the economy operated quite steadily and there were good dynamics in most areas. The export of goods amounted to about $4.8 billion, up 1.9 times over 2021. The trade with the Russian Federation exceeded $5 billion, which is the highest figure since 2012,” said Roman Golovchenko.
Today, the region is working hard to promote its manufacturing industry and agriculture, social sector, science and education. It is running ambitious projects, introducing innovations, creating favorable conditions for attracting investments.
The head of government believes that residents of Vitebsk Oblast will continue to carefully preserve the historical memory, glorious traditions, loyalty to their native land.
The prime minister wished everyone good health, happiness and prosperity.