MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus –
Headline: Meeting with World Bank Vice President Cyril Muller
An efficient cooperation
roadmap can be worked out by Belarus
and the World Bank, Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with World Bank Vice President
for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller on 2
“We should prepare a
roadmap of future cooperation at the end of 2016. I think that we will do it on
time, and that it will not be worse than the previous roadmaps,” Alexander
The Belarusian President
thanked the World Bank for the existing level of cooperation. “In the most
difficult times the World Bank has been faithful to its style of work. We
always managed to find common interests,” the head of state said.
In particular, Alexander
Lukashenko mentioned the World Bank’s assistance in the financing of
infrastructure projects such as the construction and renovation of roads, water
treatment, minimization of the Chernobyl impact, household waste processing. “You
helped us upgrade the forestry industry. This modernization started from your
assistance. Today we have made big progress in import substitution in the
forestry industry and are working in compliance with the highest standards,”
the president said.
The head of state
emphasized that a number of projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars are
implemented today. “I should say that we are implementing these projects on
time, but I have an impression that the progress in the implementation of certain
projects is rather slow in Belarus.
I would like you to tell us about our drawbacks, and we will definitely improve
the situation,” the Belarusian leader said. “Your financing, especially in this
situation, gives jobs to thousands of people and helps us build wonderful
objects. Open and significant experience of cooperation with you is a kind of
school for us. This meeting will help advance our relations.”
Cyril Muller, in turn,
noted that it has been a great honor for the World Bank to provide assistance
in recent years. He thanked the Belarusian head of state for the positive
evaluation of joint programs. “Indeed, we have reached significant positive
results, accelerated and expanded joint programs. And we are going to move
forward,” he said.
“We start to work out the
strategy for the future. And I will be grateful to you if you outline key areas
of focus for us,” the vice president of the World Bank added.
At the meeting the sides
discussed concrete avenues of cooperation and important projects. The sides are
prepared to do their best to advance cooperation to a brand-new level. In
particular, the World Bank is ready to help Belarus raise the competitiveness
of products, diversify and modernize production facilities. Plans have been
made to pay special attention to the development of the transport
infrastructure. An innovative project in this field is underway.
Another promising field of
cooperation is the support of small and medium-sized businesses. As a result,
Belarusian manufacturers will be able to penetrate new markets.The
sides are ready to continue productive cooperation in such traditional areas as
the energy sector, education, healthcare, environmental protection. The meeting
also focused on the development of the human potential. In this context, it was
mentioned that justice is the main principle for Belarus and the World Bank. The
economy should work for the benefit of people.
The World Bank is currently
implementing a number of projects to the tune of almost $1 billion. In the
period from 1992 to 2016, the World Bank’s investments made up about $1.5 billion.