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Lukashenko wants efficient regional development strategy in Vitebsk Oblast

NOVOPOLOTSK (BelTA) – Vitebsk Oblast authorities should come up with an efficient strategy of regional development, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during the visit to OAO Naftan on 7 June, BelTA has learned.

“You need to address issues, see the strategy. There should be a clear-cut strategy, just like the one we have been trying to build in the agricultural industry. It is when you know where to build a production facility for the entire district or two, where to merge several facilities or to divide them into separate enterprises to ensure good results in production and in the economy. You need such a strategy,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president remarked that conditions for the development of SMEs have been created in the country, now it is time to think about the development of strategic branches and enterprises. “Some time ago we started to modernize wood processing, we have done a lot,” he said. “If you do not work at modernized enterprises here, it is bad for you, for the minister and the government. This is a strategic industry, but you haven't devised the strategy. Back then I insisted on the upgrade of the wood processing industry. It was difficult at the beginning, but now this is an efficient branch in the country in general.”

Vitebsk Oblast Governor Nikolai Sherstnev reported on the social and economic development of the region to the head of state. In his words, the state of affairs in Vitebsk Oblast is stable, however, the indicators could have been better with more efficient performance of Naftan. A lot depends on this enterprise in the region. “If any challenges emerge at Naftan, of course, the social and economic indicators look not so bright in the region in general,” Nikolai Sherstnev said.

At the same time, he emphasized that in recent years Vitebsk Oblast has been trying to eradicate direct dependence on strong enterprises and the petrochemical industry on the whole. “It is not right to depend on them all the time,” the governor believes.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko, in turn, said that Vitebsk Oblast has a good industrial basis and structure. However, many enterprises do not work at full capacity and need more raw materials. “Higher production capacity and lower costs are the priorities,” he is convinced.

The president was also informed about the development of the oil processing factory. He familiarized himself with some technological processes and inspected production facilities.