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