Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with Minsk Mayor Nikolai Ladutko

    The city of Minsk should be developed in an integrated manner, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Minsk Mayor Nikolai Ladutko on 9 January.

    Kindergartens, schools, shops and sports facilities should be built along with homes in Minsk. An instruction was given to start building new sports training and recreation facilities in the city. The construction of one of them will begin in the Zavodskoy district of Minsk in late 2012. Similar facilities will be built in other areas.

    According to Nikolai Ladutko, 1 million square meters of homes was built in Minsk in 2011. There are plans to build as much in 2012.
    The head of state was informed about prospects of development and implementation of investment projects in Minsk.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that the Belarusian capital city should be attractive for investors and the government had done its best to create the necessary conditions. Now it is up to the local administration to make it happen.

    The President remarked upon dynamics in the implementation of several investment projects concerning Minsk’s development. Aleksandr Lukashenko demanded that the implementation of investment projects in the residential estate Minsk’s Eastern Beacon, in the business center Minsk City, in Pobeditelei Avenue, near the Minsk ring road should be accelerated.

    The Minsk mayor remarked that following instructions issued by Aleksandr Lukashenko a concrete layout had been put together. The city authorities are ready to cooperate primarily with domestic companies and foreign ones to implement the layout.

    Since Q4 2011 investment activities on the part of foreign enterprises, companies, and private investors have been on the rise. For instance, over the last three months more than ten investment contracts have been signed. Their implementation will begin in Minsk in H1 2012.

    The President drew attention to the quality of operation of the city’s civil engineering industry. For now the industry’s labor productivity is behind the average Western Europe level. Nikolai Ladutko promised that the level will be advanced in 2012. Labor organization at construction sites, use of new technologies, and a better labor discipline are the areas that can be improved.