Pri­or­ity Task

Im­port sub­sti­tu­tion is among the pri­or­ity ob­jec­tives of the do­mes­tic con­struc­tion in­dus­try

Economy of Belarus - - IMPORT SUBSTITUTION -

Con­struc­tion boom is a dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of to­day’s Be­larus, its ma­jor hall­mark. Our cities grow more beau­ti­ful, agro­towns spring up in the coun­try­side, fac­to­ries and farms are built and up­graded… All this, nat­u­rally, re­quires qual­ity con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als. You do not have to be an econ­o­mist to un­der­stand that any con­struc­tion project – be it a new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity or a house – will cost less if you use do­mes­tic con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als. There­fore, im­port sub­sti­tu­tion is a very rel­e­vant is­sue for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. Ar­chi­tec­ture and Con­struc­tion Min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of Be­larus Ana­toly NICHKASOV tells the Econ­omy of Be­larus Mag­a­zine how the con­struc­tion in­dus­try is ad­dress­ing this is­sue.

In­crease in the man­u­fac­ture of ex­port­ori­ented and im­port­sub­sti­tut­ing prod­ucts is among the key ob­jec­tives of the Be­laru­sian econ­omy in gen­eral and each of the in­dus­tries in par­tic­u­lar. Nat­u­rally, this in­cludes the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, too. Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion that much at­ten­tion is placed on the do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion of con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, how would you eval­u­ate the re­sults achieved?

In­deed, the pro­duc­tion of im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts is among the ma­jor pri­or­i­ties of the Ar­chi­tec­ture and Con­struc­tion Min­istry. In line with the national im­port sub­sti­tu­tion pro­gram in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try for 2004-2010, we im­ple­mented 16 projects; an­other 8 ma­jor projects are in progress.

I would like to re­mind that in 2006-2011, over 120 in­vest­ment projects worth over Br3.3 bil­lion were im­ple­mented by com­pa­nies pro­duc­ing con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als. This al­lowed in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion ca­pac­i­ties 2.5-3 times and start­ing the pro­duc­tion of new im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing and ex­port-ori­ented ma­te­ri­als based on re­source-sav­ing and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies.

I would like to note that in a bid to re­duce re­liance on imports, the Ar­chi­tec­ture and Con­struc­tion Min­istry closely co­op­er­ates with other govern­ment agen­cies, like the In­dus­try Min­istry, State De­fense In­dus­tri­escom­mit­tee,bel­neftekhim Con­cern and Belles­bumprom Con­cern.

The govern­ment agen­cies have united their ef­forts to im­ple­ment the national in­ter-sec­toral pro­gram to pro­duce im­port-sub­sti­tut­ing ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in 2009-2012. As a re­sult, a num­ber of con­struc­tion prod­ucts are now pro­duced do­mes­ti­cally: cargo-pas­sen­ger plat­form hoists, truck-mounted con­crete pumps, re­versible plate com­pactors, flu­o­res­cent lamps, plas­ter sta­tions, au­to­mo­bile cranes, trailer-mounted con­crete pumps with hy­draulic cranes, pres­sure hold­ing pumps, cir­cu­lat­ing pumps, truck trac­tors.

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