Economy of Belarus - - 2011-2015: FIVE YEARS OF GROWTH -

Naf­tan Oil Re­fin­ery has started man­u­fac­tur­ing new mo­tor oils for diesel en­gines.

The im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing prod­uct is de­signed for lu­bri­ca­tion sys­tems of highly ac­cel­er­ated mod­ern diesel en­gines of trucks, buses, road-build­ing and other mo­bile equip­ment.

Naf­tan D3 oils have suc­cess­fully passed lab­o­ra­tory and mo­tor bench tests in the test cen­ters of NAMI-CIEM, Science and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter of KA­MAZ and Minsk Mo­tor Plant. They have an in­creased life­span com­pared with mo­tor oil of the G2 group, they last at least 1.3-1.5 times longer de­pend­ing on op­er­at­ing con­di­tions.

The main ad­van­tages of the new prod­uct in­clude high an­tiox­i­dant and dis­per­sant prop­er­ties, the abil­ity to pro­vide re­li­able pro­tec­tion against wear, cor­ro­sion and for­ma­tion of high tem­per­a­ture de­posits in harsh en­vi­ron­ments. ap­proved by the com­mis­sion for eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness.

These plans of ac­tion in­clude the fol­low­ing sec­tions:

1. Mea­sures to re­duce im­ports of the first group of prod­ucts (goods which do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion is in­suf­fi­cient). In this case, the ba­sic cri­te­rion of ef­fi­ciency is the re­duc­tion of a deficit of for­eign trade in these goods;

2. The list of im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing goods, which pro­duc­tion will be ramped up un­der the ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment, sci­en­tific, tech­ni­cal, sec­toral (re­gional) pro­grams, in­di­vid­ual ac­tiv­i­ties and plans of gov­ern­ment bod­ies. The main cri­te­rion of ef­fi­ciency is the value growth of out­put of im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing prod­ucts;

3. List of com­modi­ties of the third group (goods not pro­duced in the coun­try), which pro­duc­tion will be launched or ramped up. The main cri­te­rion of ef­fi­ciency is the num­ber of com­modi­ties which pro­duc­tion will be es­tab­lished in the coun­try;

4. Mea­sures to re­duce the im­port con­tent of man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts. The main cri­te­rion of ef­fi­ciency is re­duc­ing the im­port com­po­nent in prod­ucts.

This ap­proach to im­port sub­sti­tu­tion will en­able us to achieve the fol­low­ing tar­gets in 2011-2015:

- to stay away from small im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing projects and fo­cus on com­modi­ties which gen­er­ate the bulk of the trade deficit;

- in­crease the re­spon­si­bil­ity of gov­ern­ment mem­bers;

- avoid com­plaints from trad­ing part­ners re­gard­ing the pro­vi­sion of pro­hib­ited sub­si­dies within the tar­geted pro­grams of im­port sub­sti­tu­tion;

- make the work on im­port sub­sti­tu­tion more efficient.

It is es­ti­mated that these mea­sures will en­sure the pro­duc­tion of im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing prod­ucts worth more than $7 bil­lion in 2011.

In or­der to fur­ther im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of im­port sub­sti­tu­tion, the Gov­ern­ment adopted Res­o­lu­tion No. 1498 of 18 Oc­to­ber 2010 “On im­prov­ing the pro­ce­dures guid­ing the for­ma­tion of na­tional, re­gional and sec­toral pro­grams and on mak­ing ad­di­tions and amend­ments to Res­o­lu­tion No. 404 of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters of the Repub­lic of Be­larus of 31 March 2009”. Ac­cord­ing to this res­o­lu­tion, the de­vel­op­ers of the pro­grams for 2011-2015 that en­vis­age the use of im­ported goods need to jus­tify the use of such prod­ucts and of­fer mea­sures to re­duce the im­port-con­tent of in­vest­ment projects and sub­sti­tute im­ported prod­ucts by in­dige­nous goods.

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