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Upper chamber of Belarusian parliament to work out regional policy proposals

OSTROVETS (BelTA) – The Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus intends to work out proposals on improving the regional policy within the next twelve months, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich on 15 June.

According to the source, a working group has been set up to consider and develop possible proposals on administrative and territorial matters and matters relating to the regional policy. “In the next 12 months the Council of the Republic intends to prepare a substantial report with proposals on improving the regional policy,” said the head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament.

An offsite session of the council for interaction of local self-government bodies under the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus took place in Oshmyany District and Ostrovets District on 15 June. Ways to shape an effective regional policy, which represents a sustainable economic growth factor, were discussed. Heads of the district councils of deputies from Grodno Oblast and Brest Oblast took part in the meeting in order to share their experience of dealing with the problems the general public is concerned about.

Mikhail Myasnikovich pointed out that employment and the creation of high-performance jobs draw strong interest. He reminded that in line with the Population Employment Assistance Ordinance heads of the relevant municipal councils of deputies are supposed to chair the commissions established to help people find jobs. Participants of the meeting discussed how the work of these commissions should be organized.

Participants of the meeting saw a presentation exhibition designed to outline prospects of the Oshmyany-based cheese plant, the meat-packing plant, and other enterprises. The region's approaches to tourism development via clusters were sketched out as well. The presentation also focused on social, economic, cultural projects and the role that local initiatives play in their implementation.

After moving to Ostrovets participants of the meeting paid close attention to the integrated development of the region. Participants of the meeting visited the information center of the Belarusian nuclear power plant and were made familiar with residential homes and social infrastructure in Ostrovets.