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28 Sep 2017

Belarus, UNDP intend to step up cooperation in education, regional policy

MINSK, 28 September (BelTA) – The expansion of cooperation in education and regional policy between Belarus and the United National Development Program (UNDP) was on the agenda of the meeting between Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Kalinin and UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, BelTA has learned.

The sides touched upon avenues of further cooperation in education, regional policy, and the development of Chernobyl-affected territories. They showed mutual interest in further implementation of joint social projects, discussed the possible modernization of several educational institutions and teaching kids in Belarusian educational institutions about energy efficiency.

The deputy prime minister voiced the government’s proposal to carry out projects in accordance with the UNDP’s programs in Chernobyl-affected regions, which will help address unemployment issues in these areas. This will also promote social and economic development by means of setting up new enterprises with additional jobs, including those in small and medium-sized business.

Anatoly Kalinin expressed gratitude to Sanaka Samarasinha for support for social projects in Belarus meant to improve the living conditions, increase the energy efficiency of social facilities, advance green economy principles, and enable conditions for sustainable economic activity at the local level, in particular, by means of developing small and medium-sized enterprises.

As a result of the meeting, the sides reached an agreement on joint effort to promote the vocational training of children’s autism treatment specialists in Belarus and use the best international practices for these purposes.

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