Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with Vladimir Dvornik

    On 27 February President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Chairman of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee Vladimir Dvornik.

    The meeting focused on the development of the region in 2011, the fulfillment of the President's instructions, future plans and prospects.

    The head of state drew special attention to the agricultural industry because of the current climate changes. "Gomel Oblast should adapt, as far as the agricultural crops and agriculture in general are concerned," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

    Vladimir Dvornik informed the President about the state of matters in the agricultural industry, including animal husbandry. The share of drought-resistant crops and, first of all, corn, was increased. Thus, the region managed to store up enough forage for the sustainable growth in the volume of animal products.

    The sides also discussed the development of Polessie region.

    According to Vladimir Dvornik, in 2011 only two out of 16 social development targets, namely housing construction and investment inflow, were lower than the level of 2010. At the same time, last year the inflow of foreign direct investments went up three times to exceed $120 million as against 2010. The 2012 investment portfolio has been already defined. It is expected to boost the inflow of FDI.

    The real production sector showed good results as well. The region has a huge industrial potential. The project to develop the Petrikov potash deposit will give an additional impetus to the development of the region. "Gomel Oblast will make rapid progress in the industrial sector," Vladimir Dvornik said.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko urged Gomel Oblast authorities to implement social and economic development measures more effectively.