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10 Feb 2015

Belarus development strategy till 2030 approved

Belarus development strategy till 2030 approved

MINSK, 10 February (BelTA) – The Presidium of the Council of Ministers approved the national strategy for the sustainable social and economic development of Belarus for the period till 2030 at the session on 10 February, BelTA has learned.

Proposals concerning the document’s improvement were voiced at the session. Once they are implemented into the document, it will be approved by the Council of Ministers’ executive order.

Opening the session, Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov noted that the authors of the strategy had been tasked with taking into account global trends that pose risks for the country’s sustainable development. The document also takes into account changing prices for energy resources, slower growth of the global economy, and climate changes. “We should keep in mind that domestic conditions will change considerably. For instance, the construction of the nuclear power plant will affect the balance of the power grid. It is necessary to make provisions for the effective usage of the power-generating capacity to be commissioned. Plans to create industrial enterprises and other facilities that consume and store energy at off-hours have to be made,” said the Prime Minister. The important matters include the strategy for the regional deployment of manufacturing forces, the national security in the sphere of economy, demography, ecology, and other spheres, added Andrei Kobyakov.

“Economy development should prioritize the establishment of manufacturing enterprises based on local resources, including as part of the Eurasian Economic Union. Products with a high added value should be made in the EEU using the full manufacturing cycle,” said the Belarusian head of government.

Presenting the document, Belarusian Economy Minister Vladimir Zinovsky remarked that the document’s strategic priorities of long-term development are based on three main components — people, economy, ecology. In his words, it will be necessary to work out effective mechanisms to further increase the birth rate, improve the health of the nation, and reduce the mortality rate. Belarus will have to accomplish the ambitious goal of becoming one of the 40 countries with the best human development index. In 2013 Belarus’ HDI was ranked 53rd among 187 countries.

The strategy is divided into two phases. The first phase will take place in 2016-2020. It will see the transition to balanced economy growth via structural transformation of the economy on the basis of environmental friendliness, with high-tech manufacturing prioritized. The second phase will take place in 2021-2030. Its key purpose is to maintain steady development for the sake of raising the quality of human potential, accelerating the development of science-intensive production and services and further development of the green economy.

The accomplishment of the strategy is expected to raise the life expectancy of Belarusians up to 77 years, increase the GDP by 50-100% in 2016-2030, and increase the cost of environmental protection measures up to 2-3% of the GDP by 2030.

The national strategy for the sustainable social and economic development of Belarus for the period till 2030 will be used by central government agencies, the oblast administrations, and the Minsk city administration as the foundation for developing medium-term programs and annual forecasts for Belarus’ social and economic development in addition to working out programs for the development of political units.

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