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Tatyana Brantsevich: the successful implementation of the National Development Strategy is a sustainable regional economy

On October 15, 2021 Deputy Minister of Economy Tatyana Brantsevich took part in an online format at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development of the Gomel Region with a report: «Regional Aspect in NSDS-2035 and the Program of Socio-Economic Development of the Republic of Belarus for 2021-2025».

According to Tatyana Brantsevich, Belarus in the status of a sovereign state invariably follows the ideology of sustainable development.

«We developed the first strategy in 1997. Now we are implementing the 5-th National Strategy.

Each of its priorities is closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically - human development, employment and income, digitalization and innovation, business and investment, ecology and sustainable consumption.

Its’ successful implementation is nothing more than a sustainable regional economy,” explained the Deputy Minister of Economy.

The National Strategy for Sustainable Development allows to imagine the desired appearance of the future of the country and each of its regions, in particular.

Tatyana Brantsevich has shared her view of the picture of the regions seen by 2035: a high level and quality of life of the population, equal opportunities for self-realization regardless of the registration, highly profitable production, clean ecology.

In order to make not only Minsk and regional centers, but also “small” territories attractive for life, the Deputy Minister of Economy proposed 4 tasks for implementation.

«Firstly, to develop territories in a comprehensive manner and to rationally allocate productive forces.

Secondly, to introduce "smart" technologies, to use the principles of environmentally friendly urban planning. This will increase the efficiency of resource use, improve the quality of the living environment of the population.

Thirdly, to change the trend of reducing the demographic and labor potential in such territories. This is possible through the use of their economic advantages and the introduction of social standards close to urban ones.

Fourthly, to build up competencies and the potential for self-development of territories. It is important to form an innovative-minded, proactive community, ready for entrepreneurial risk and active participation in the development of territories.

And the first step towards the embodiment of this “image” is the Development Program for five years, approved in July of this year by the Head of the Republic,” explained Tatiana Brantsevich.

The goal of the regional agenda for the current five-year plan is to reduce differences in the level and quality of life of people. The Deputy Minister of Economy highlighted two features of the updated regional policy:

“First. Targeted approach to attracting investment: the development of projects and the search for investors for them has been carried out taking into account the individual specialization, potential and competitive advantages of each territory.

Second. Support measures for individual territories should be differentiated depending on the level of development and challenges. The basic principle is: less potential - more preferences. »

According to the plans, the key results of regional policy in 2025 will be:

I. In terms of economy:

growth in contribution to indicators for investments, revenue, exports;

increasing the share of local budgets' own revenues in the total revenue;

growth of real wages with outstripping growth in labor productivity, an increase in the level of employment of the population.

II. For a human:

comfortable and safe living environment;

good transport infrastructure with hourly accessibility to the place of work;

access to modern services.

Summing up, Tatyana Brantsevich noted that the implementation of NSDS-2035 and the Program-2025 will contribute to the achievement of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.