Belarus - Ďapital improvement must be stepped up

Capital improvement efforts must be largely stepped up to make Belarus a better place to live. The statement was made by Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky at a plenary session of the committee tasked with holding the Native Land Year.

Held in Lida on 18 November, the session also involved Vice Premier Ivan Bambiza, Grodno Oblast Governor Vladimir Savchenko, heads of several ministries and agencies involved in the implementation of the Native Land Year.

The Prime Minister remarked that this year a lot has been done in this area but the efforts must be tripled within a short period of time. "If we claim that all is well, we will not secure results," believes Sergei Sidorsky. The fulfillment of measures in the National Land Year has unearthed many new issues that need to be addressed. "They cannot be accomplished right now but they must not be dragged out either," Sergei Sidorsky made it clear.

In his opinion, waste utilization still needs to be addressed. "The problem of separate waste collection remains topical. We do nothing but talks and pilot schemes so far," said the Premier. He also reminded about waste utilization in the forestry industry. It is time to build new enterprises to make pellets, which are in demand in Europe.

Sergei Sidorsky pointed out the importance of resolving the problem of cattle breeding waste conversion. Biogas plants should be installed in livestock breeding complexes for the sake of the maximum use of waste recycling technologies.

"Everything gets more and more expensive across the globe and should be spent wisely therefore," underscored the head of government. He gave instructions to put together certain standards to assess the performance of executives in this area.

An extensive program will have yet to be implemented to develop Belarus' motorway service. At present there are 1,500 motorway service outlets in the country while another 550 are needed. Investors should be attracted into this business, with favorable terms granted.

The chemical waste treatment technologies used by the Lakokraska company should be implemented throughout the country, Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Sidorsky said when visiting the Lakokraska company in Lida.

"The company has adopted a good program on the development of chemical waste treatment facilities," Sergei Sidorsky said. This is the only treatment facility of the kind used by paint and varnish companies in the CIS. Some 850 liters of biomass are produced from one tonne of wastes. "Such technologies should be spread throughout the country", said the Prime Minister.

Sergei Sidorsky visited Lakokraska to learn how the events envisaged in the Homeland Year Program are implemented. In particular he was interested in nature preservation measures. The factory has modernized the phthalic anhydride production shop. The chlorides content in the industrial wastewaters has been reduced two times. CO2 emissions have been decreased by 75%.

"We need to see these chemical waste treatment technologies in a new light and seek to make the maximum use of them", said Sergei Sidorsky.


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