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16 Oct 2017

Minsk to adopt Moscow’s best practices in infrastructure development

MINSK, 16 October (BelTA) – Moscow’s experience in the development of transport infrastructure and city improvement will be in demand in Minsk, Mayor Andrei Shorets said at a daily briefing on 16 October, BelTA has learned.

The urban services have been instructed to prepare a plan and determine the main areas of work after the visit to the Russian capital as part of the Minsk Days. Minsk has a lot to learn from Moscow,” said Andrei Shorets.

The Minsk Days in Moscow were held on 10-11 October. The Russian capital played host to a fair of Belarusian goods, including the Belarusian pavilion at the VDNKh Exhibition of Economic Achievements, a wide cultural program and a business forum that featured government members, representatives of more than 150 big companies of the two cities and entrepreneurs.

According to Chairman of the Economy Committee of the Minsk City Hall Nikolai Rogashchuk, the documents signed at the Minsk Days in Moscow included agreements on Belarusian food supplies to the Russian capital in 2018, a memorandum on cooperation in healthcare, an agreement on cooperation between the Youth Chamber at the Minsk City Council of Deputies and the Moscow Duma.

The business cooperation forum Moscow-Minsk included a number of sections: Infrastructure of Big Cities, Smart Cities and Technology, Minsk Tourism: Healthcare, Rehabilitation and Culturology. Specialists shared experience in such areas as lowering energy consumption in the housing stock, design and construction of the metro in urban conditions, car parking and a comprehensive transport scheme, restoration of the historical center, the application of deformation-resistant materials in repairs and road construction.

The Smart Cities and Technology section presented the major achievements in IT penetration and adaptation of new technologies for the people’s needs. Minsk informed on the development of information resources, the use of new technologies in property sale, the urban transport management. Moscow shared the experience of the e-voting system development. The delegation of the Minsk City Hall visited the Zaryadye landscape park, the Moscow Traffic Management Center, the situation center of the Central Administrative District, and Otkrytiye Arena.

“Urban enterprises need to take into account Moscow innovations in housing construction, the development of car parking sites, the development of transport infrastructure, designing of new parks, a football stadium, assessment of traffic flows, introduction of efficient and safe traffic plans. I think that the Minsk Days in Moscow were held a high organizational level,” noted Nikolai Rogashchuk.

Minsk and Moscow have been closing cooperating since 2012 and have been actively developing relations in trade, economic, social and cultural sectors. Thus, the Russian capital ranks first in the total export of goods of the Minsk utilities companies to the Russian Federation. Belarus and Russia’s Moscow are implementing the plan of actions to develop trade, economic, sci-tech, humanitarian, cultural and social cooperation for 2016-2018.


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