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Minsk region posts best economic performance in Belarus in 2011-2015

Minsk Oblast, the central region of Belarus, was the best in the country in 2011-2015 in terms of the socio-economic indicators.

The President of Belarus noted the positive dynamism of the region's development hearing a report of the Minsk region governor Semyon Shapiro.

Since 2011, the Minsk region has preserved the trend to be the best of all the regions of Belarus.  

As the President said, what he had seen flying over a number of Minsk region's districts encouraged him.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that the Minsk region became the best among all other regions in 2011-2015. I want to congratulate, of course, Minsk Oblast. For me it was a surprise. I could not imagine that it would be possible to raise this big machine from the ground up. But, of course, we did not take into account absolute indicators. We only took into account the dynamism. But if it is good, then it's okay. I often criticize you, but after the flyby over the Minsk region and the city I have got a decent impression. You did well. But we must not forget that you still have problem areas. They are located to the north and we need to work with them so that the level of agriculture there keeps up with the other districts.

However, the President expects the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee to resolve the accumulated problems. Infrastructure development in agro-towns near the capital cannot keep up with population growth. Alexander Lukashenko drew attention of the head of the Minsk region to the agricultural towns encircling Minsk. There should be more roads, communications, schools and clinics there. Land for individual construction should also be allocated.

Sergey Shablyko, Chairman of the Minsk regional council of deputies:
The expansion of roads and bringing them into order greatly improved the infrastructure and the issues associated with the movement of transport through the territory of the region. In general, the 5,000 km of roads running through the Minsk district are always under attention.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
The construction in agro-towns and, above all, the long-standing problems of Kolodishchi. Kolodishchi should be put in order and this is a promising place where people would like to build housing and live.  We need to give people sites and let them build housing on this land and invest their money and invest their money. But if we do have some problems here, then I am ready to discuss them.

Semyon Shapiro, Chairman of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee:
Serious repairs is expencted in the Kolodishchi village and more than 16,000 of our citizens live there. We are now finishing with the Borovliany village now and ahead are works to restore order in Samokhvalovichi, Gatovo, and Mihanovichi villages. The Minsk region is developing so fast that our infrastructure isn't enough really. There is a specific list of issues that must solve there.

Regional development depends on the development of regional businesses. Taking into account the different preferences and greenhouse conditions, some investors in Minsk Oblast are developing their businesses quickly, while some do not hurry to develop land plots that were allocated to them.

Semyon Shapiro offered the President to wait and not to punish these investors. This suggestion was approved: the authorities gave these investors another chance for development. 

Semyon Shapiro, Chairman of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee:
Today, I asked the head of state, taking into account the difficult time for businesses, to allow one-year freeze of sanctions for failing to construct facilities on time. But if they do not complete it all in a year's time, then next year we will apply penalties, including fines for this year.

Another problematic issue is mismanagement shown by owners of health improvement facilities. They need to urgently be revived.

Investors who bought economically weak farms at bargain prices and then squandered all their property will be obliged to return money to the state. Production processes at those farms must be restored.

Minsk region posts best economic performance in Belarus in 2011-2015