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Belarus PM wants most promising upgrade projects to be implemented in the first place

BORISOV, 29 July (BelTA) – The Government of Belarus sets forth a goal to implement the most promising projects regarding modernization of national companies within the shortest time possible, Premier Mikhail Myasnikovich told media as he commented on his working trip to Minsk Oblast on 27 July.

The Prime Minister visited OAO BelAZ, which is getting ready to present one of its latest developments – a 450-tonne truck. Mikhail Myasnikovich also paid a visit to Borisovdrev, Borisovzhilstroy and BelGee companies. The Premier also got familiar with the construction of the football stadium BATE in Borisov.

“Today we are talking much about modernization. It is implemented through concrete projects. The major goal is to seek for opportunities to have the most promising projects implemented in the first place,” the PM said.

As for OAO BelAZ, the Premier said the company had done everything possible and necessary to present its 450-tonne vehicle in September 2013. “Today the whole plant is under modernization. The company is undergoing heavy technical re-equipment, which will enable BelAZ produce highly competitive products,” the Prime Minister underlined.

The Premier added he discussed with the executives of the company the issues concerning the instruction of the head of state regarding the development of deeper relations with China. “I think we will be able to set up joint companies with Chinese counterparts, first of all, in order to enhance the competitive edge of the equipment and, secondly, work together on the markets of third countries,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

As for the issues related to car manufacturing (BelGee Company), the Premier said that the company plans to produce at least 3,000 cars this year. At present the sides are looking into a possibility of reaching the volume of 10,000 cars in 2014 and even 15,000 cars a year. “This is only the beginning. Today I have set forth a goal to address all the issues related to the beginning of the construction of a new car manufacturing plant in Belarus within the period of August-September. It will be a plant producing, not assembling, up to 120,000 cars per year,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

The company said that the new plant will be located near the village of Peresady between Borisov and Zhodino. About 2,000 people will work there.

The Premier also got familiar with the novelties of the company. On his request, a road police inspector tested one car. “Professionals say it is a good and affordable vehicle,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.